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How to Thaw Omaha Steaks Products


​Whether you visit a local store or have your gourmet food shipped straight to your doorstep, you can be sure of one thing: your Omaha Steaks entrées, sides, and desserts are delivered frozen until you’re ready to enjoy them. We know that when it comes to getting the best dining experience possible, freezing is better than fresh to deliver greater convenience, retain flavor and nutrients, and pause aging at peak perfection.

To ensure you receive all of those wonderful flash-frozen benefits, it’s vital that you know how to thaw steak, roasts, chicken, pork, and seafood correctly when it’s time to dine! That’s why we created this helpful thawing guide:

Omaha Steaks preferred thawing method with 4 steps for refrigerator thawing and recommend thawing times for roasts, turkey, poultry, and steak.

Now that you understand how to safely thaw your perfectly flash-frozen Omaha Steaks proteins, it’s important to know just how long it will take to thaw them in the refrigerator so you can plan your meal accordingly.

Timetable for Defrosting Meats in the Refrigerator

Refrigerator Frozen Meat Thawing Chart
Meat Refrigerator Time (36-40 F)
Large Roast 4-7 hours per pound
Small Roast 3-5 hours per pound
Whole Turkey 24 hours per 4-5 pounds
Poultry 24 hours per 1-2 pounds
1-Inch Steak 12-14 hours

Thawing Tips

Regardless of whether you’re in a rush and choose the quick-thaw method or are able to plan ahead enough for refrigerator thawing, these helpful tips will ensure a safe and effective thaw every time:

  • NEVER thaw meat at room temperature. Temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit encourage bacterial growth that may be harmful to ingest.
  • Ensure your vacuum-sealed packaging has not been compromised. If the packaging is no longer completely sealed, put the protein in a resealable bag.
  • Space them out. Stacking your proteins while thawing in the refrigerator or via the quick-thaw method will greatly increase thaw time.

Now that you’re a thawing expert, it’s time to put those skills to the test! Stock up on all your favorite Omaha Steaks gourmet foods (and discover new flavors that are sure to become favorites along the way) and experience world-famous perfection.

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