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Cooking glossary



To allow food that has been frozen to come back to its original non-frozen state, eg allow the beef to defrost thoroughly in the bottom of the fridge, below and away from cooked foods and any ready to eat food, before cooking. Never re-freeze raw meat that has been frozen and then thawed. High risk products, eg meat must be defrosted in the fridge and not at room temperature.


Frozen food that has been removed from the freezer and has reverted to its original non-frozen state, eg when the pastry has defrosted, roll it out.