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.
Place the package in a leakproof plastic bag. Submerge in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes. Use a weight to hold the package under the surface of the water.
3. Microwave: Safe if cooked immediately. Do not re-freeze unless cooked first. Edges and corners may partially cook during thawing.
Remove from packaging; place in a microwave safe container. Use the automatic defrost setting or microwave for about 3 minutes at 50 percent power for a 1-pound package.