Holiday Feasts: Kitchen Appliances that Thaw, Cook, and Reheat

Holiday Feasts: Kitchen Appliances that Thaw, Cook, and Reheat
Feed your family this holiday season using kitchen appliances that can thaw, cook and reheat your favourite Christmas meat.

It’s a comforting scene. The morning is spent opening gifts and sipping on coffee while festive Christmas music hums in the background. Once that’s done, it’s time to head into the kitchen and get to work whipping up your favourite meal of the year: Christmas dinner. 

Using your kitchen appliances paired with some quick tips, you can make this year’s meal easier to prepare than ever before. Now you can spend more time around the tree and less time around the stove.

 

The Turkey Thaw with and without a Kitchen Appliance

Regardless of whether you’re cooking a turkey or a ham this year, you’ll need to plan ahead, at least by a few hours.

 

Using a Temperature-Controlled Thawing Drawer

To properly thaw your main dish, you may want to pull the turkey out of the freezer a few days before. If your fridge has a temperature-option drawer in it, place it in there and turn the setting to thaw. The rule of thumb is that it takes 24 hours for every 5 lbs of meat to defrost.

 

Using the Cold-Water Method

If, however, you got caught up in the Christmas activities and forgot to pull the turkey out of the freezer, don’t worry. You can always use the cold-water method. This method takes about 30 minutes per pound to thaw. 

Tips for cold-water thawing: 

  • Using a leak-proof plastic bag, squeeze out the extra air and seal.
  • Breast-side down, place the bird in your sink or a large bucket.
  • Fully submerge the turkey with cold water.  You may need to weigh the bird down with something heavy like cans or a casserole dish.
  • Change the cold water every 30 minutes.
  • Cook immediately after thawing.

 

Ideal Meat Temperatures

When cooking a large piece of meat, it’s important to make sure the internal temperatures reach a safe number to avoid getting your guests sick. Here’s a guideline for common protein temperatures:

 

Turkey 

The breast should be 165 Fahrenheit while the thighs should reach a temperature of 175 Fahrenheit.

 

Beef & Lamb

Rare – 125 Fahrenheit

Medium rare – 130-135

Medium – 135-140

Medium well – 140-150

Well done – 155+

Ground beef & lamb – 160

 

Pork

Medium rare – 145

Medium – 150

Well done & ground – 160

 

When checking the temperature of your meat, be sure to insert the thermometer directly into the centre of the meat, away from a bone.

 

Now that you’ve decided what to cook, know how to properly defrost your meat and which temperature to cook it to, it’s time to decide how to cook it. For a great guide on cooking methods and which kitchen appliances to use and when, check out our previous post: Tis the Season: Cooking Appliances that Work Best for Family Occasions.

 

Are you looking for the best appliances to help you effortlessly prepare meals for large family gatherings? Come and speak with the appliance experts at Genier’s in Vernon, BC. We offer a wide range of BC appliances, everything from refrigerators with thawing drawers to kitchen ventilation. Come see us today!


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