The transformation of diet is another consequence of the frenetic pace of life we ​​lead. Cooking, freezing and defrosting food has become the ABC of batch cooking, that is, planning and cooking the entire weekly menu in batches in a single day. This is an effective formula that allows us to save time and money, however, almost all of us make mistakes in the last of the fundamental steps of this routine.

On a work day, it is quite common that one of the first things we do is take food out of the freezer. Sometimes we even leave it out the night before! A practice with a clear objective: that the food has completely defrosted by the time it is time to heat it and consume it. However, despite being a widespread habit, defrosting food at room temperature involves certain health risks.

Heat or humidity are not good allies when defrosting food. That is why leaving them at room temperature can encourage the growth of bacteria and microorganisms—inactive during freezing—that could harm your health. Likewise, it is not recommended to defrost food with hot water to avoid contrasts with the low temperatures of the freezer.

The Instagram profile Real fooding (@realfooding) has compiled in a recent publication what are the possible alternatives to defrost food, in order to avoid food poisoning: