Lifehack: How to Defrost a Steak in 5 Minutes Without Electricity

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This trick is just too cool to pass up. At some point or another, we’ve all bought meat in bulk. You can’t possibly finish it all so you freeze it, but then when it comes time to eat it, you have a choice. Leave it out for a few hours on the countertop to defrost or heat it up in the microwave carefully hoping you don’t overcook and ruin it. What if there was a way where you don’t have to wait more than ten minutes or even use electricity to defrost that steak?

According to RocketNews24, this neat trick comes from CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network, where they show us how to defrost a 1 cm-thick steak in just 5 minutes. All you need are two metal pots and water.

First, turn one pot upside down and place the steak on top.

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Next, fill the other pot with water just to give it some weight and place it on top of the steak, sandwiching the steak between them.

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After 5 minutes, your steak will be defrosted.

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A little hard to believe? Here’s the science behind how it works.

As we all know, metal is a great conductor for many things including heat. Metals like aluminum conduct ambient heat which is surprisingly sufficient to defrost a steak. Sandwiching it between two large metal surfaces, weighted by water, increases the surface area contacting the steak and the room temperature air, making the conduction more efficient.

CTi demonstrated this trick with a steak about a centimeter thick, defrosting it in 5 minutes, and according to the show, a 5 cm-thick steak would only take 10 minutes.

Check out the video below —  it’s all in Chinese with no subtitles, but you get the main point. You have to try this trick out next time you defrost a steak.



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  • adam

    Or just buy it fresh……lol.

    • Matteo

      Missing the point……..lol.

    • Linda Lovelush

      People *do* buy it fresh. When’s the last time you saw a frozen steak in a grocery store?

      But some people buy steak in bulk and take them home and freeze some of them.

      • John

        they sell frozen steaks also . duh

        • Linda Lovelush

          Yeah, usually in the form of chopped up beef steak.

  • Anonymous

    it does not look like it is ready to cook. the middle part of the steak is still quite solid as you can see the fatty part just break away from it.

    i just dunk it in room temp water while the steak is still in the plastic. replace the water after 5-10 min cuz the water would get cold. it will be about ready to cook in 15-20 min

    not sure if this is a good idea tho hehehe

  • Tyler Feldmann

    “Leave it out for a few hours on the countertop to defrost or heat it up in the microwave carefully hoping you don’t overcook and ruin it” I hope none of you actually defrost your meats like this.

    • TwistyJ

      Hells yes I heat my meat like this! What’s wrong with a little bit of family-friendly radiation? And ain’t no one gonna touch my meat if I leave it on the counter..or they loose a hand.

  • Bubbsy

    I don’t know why Foodbeast would publish this blog entry from NextShark, but I hope you all FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ignore the advice that one “choice” to thaw frozen meat is to leave it on the countertop “for a few hours” until it is thawed. You can get very sick from bacteria or foodborne illness. This is because the outside of the meat thaws long before the center if just left out at room temperature. Please ignore this idiotic advice, shame on Foodbeast for printing it.

    • Linda Lovelush

      No kidding, LOL

      Sheesh.

      And I wouldn’t let my steak get anywhere near a microwave, either. It turns it to rubber and starts cooking it (and the meat will continue to cook for a few minutes even after you’ve taken it out) and there’s nothing worse than an overcooked steak. I like my steak bloody and tender, not tough and gray from being radiated.

      Microwaves, in my opinion, are for reheating already-cooked food; not defrosting meat.

  • Xinhui Shi

    Good luck for all of you watching that video all in Chinese XD

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