Thawing

What is the best way to thaw frozen pork? 

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Follow these guidelines for defrosting pork in the refrigerator:
  • Small roast will take 3-5 hours per pound 
  • Large roast will take 4-7 hours per pound 
  • One-inch thick chop will take 12-14 hours 
  • Ground pork needs to be estimated by package thickness


Can I use my microwave to defrost pork? 

Follow the microwave manufacture’s guidelines for defrosting meat. Cook meat immediately after microwave thawing. 


My roast isn’t thawed completely, but I need to get my meal started. Can I still cook it? 

It is safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork in the oven, on the stove or grill without defrosting it first; the cooking time may be about 50% longer. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. It is best if frozen pork roasts are cooked at an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. Do not cook frozen pork in a slow cooker.