Defrosting meat can be inconvenient, especially if you haven’t budgeted enough time before you want to prepare a meal with it. While it’s natural to want to speed up the process, using a hair dryer to defrost the meat, an idea that’s been circulating the internet for years, is a bad idea.
According to the USDA, speeding up the thawing process with heat, like a hair dryer or hot water, can lead to foodborne illness. Bacteria begin to multiply in temperatures warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and that can make you and others sick. The USDA notes that the only approved methods to thaw or work with frozen meat are refrigerator thawing, cold water thawing, microwave thawing, or cooking without thawing.
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