1. Refrigerator: Safest method. Allow 12 hours to thaw 1 pound. Meat does not need to be cooked immediately and could be re-frozen.
2. Cold water: Safe if water is kept cold and covers the package. Allow 1 hour to thaw 1 pound. Cook meat immediately after thawing.
3. Microwave: Safe if cooked immediately. Do not re-freeze unless cooked first. Edges and corners may partially cook during thawing.