How to defrost frozen meatballs

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How to defrost frozen meatballs
Thaw meatballs before serving with sauce, mash or spaghetti. (olgakr/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether you make your own ahead of time and freeze them or you buy them from a supermarket, frozen meatballs are a convenient ingredient to have around. Meatballs need to be defrosted and heated before they are ready to eat. Like any other meat product, meatballs must be treated in a safe manner when being defrosted to avoid food poisoning. Follow basic food safety rules and your meatballs will be safely ready to cook.

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Things you need

  • Food container with lid
  • Sauce
  • Saucepan

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  1. 1

    Count out the number of meatballs you need for your particular recipe. Many bags of commercial meatballs contain 50 meatballs or more, so you will only use a portion of the bag.

  2. 2

    Remove the meatballs for your recipe from the bag, and seal the remaining meatballs in the bag and return it to the freezer.

  3. 3

    Place the meatballs for your recipe into a plastic or glass container. Place a lid on the container or cover the container with cling film. This will allow the meatballs to defrost without suffering any cross-contamination.

  4. 4

    Place the container with the meatballs into the refrigerator. Allow the meatballs to defrost in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

  5. 5

    Remove the meatballs from the refrigerator when they are thawed out and pan fry them or cook them in a sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy or spaghetti and tomato sauce.

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