Don’t let your food defrost on the counter. Defrosting food at room temperature allows bacteria to grow, which could increase your chance of getting food poisoning.
Proper defrosting reduces your risk of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when you eat food that contains harmful bacteria.
Meat, poultry, fish and seafood must reach a safe internal cooking temperature to kill bacteria in the meat.
If food is not thawed properly, bacteria that may have been present on their surface before freezing can begin to multiply.
If raw meat is partly frozen when you cook it, it can lead to uneven cooking. …