Defrosting Frozen Pork
#1 Easiest Method - Refrigerator Thawing
It does require some planning ahead since it usually takes an entire day to thaw even the smallest amount of frozen meat, like pork chops.
Put your frozen pork in the fridge and wait until it is thawed. It's that easy! We recommend putting a dish under it to catch any leaking juice. For large items, like a roast or ham, it will take about 24 hours of defrosting time for every 5 pounds of food.
Ground meat that’s been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking. Pork (roasts, steaks or chops) will keep refrigerated for another 3 to 5 days after thawing.
#2 - Cold Water Thawing
The upside to this approach is that it’s much faster than refrigerator thawing. The downside is that it requires a lot more attention on your behalf.
To thaw the food, submerge the bag in cold tap water. Never use hot water. You will need to change the water every 30 minutes to ensure that it stays sufficiently cold.
Using this thawing method, small packages of frozen pork (about a pound) can defrost in one hour or less. For larger items, you should estimate about 30 minutes of defrosting time per pound of food.
Once the food is thawed completely, you will need to cook it immediately.