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Thawing Omaha Steaks Products

One of the greatest benefits of our products is that they arrive at your door frozen in a custom-designed cooler that ensures your items stay frozen throughout the shipping process. But when it comes time to enjoy your Filet Mignon or Chateaubriand Roast with family and friends it’s important to thaw your grilling goodies properly. Following the simple steps listed below will guarantee that preparation and thawing items for your next meal is as worry-free as possible.

For starters, never thaw your products at room temperature. Thawing in the refrigerator will allow for juicier, more flavorful steaks. Leaving your items in the vacuum-sealed packaging, remove them from their cardboard boxes and place on a plate or platter in a single layer. Do not double stack your items during thawing as this will increase the amount of time needed to thaw completely through. You can use the chart below as a good guide in estimating how long various items may take to thaw:

Timetable for Defrosting Meats in the Refrigerator

Meat Refrigerator
(36 to 40° F)
Large Roast 4 to 7 hours per pound
Small Roast 3 to 5 hours per pound
1 inch Steak 12 to 14 hours
Whole Turkey 1 day per 4 to 5 pounds
Poultry Parts 1 day per 1 to 2 pounds


If you’re in a pinch and your guests are due to arrive in short order, there is also the option of thawing items in a mixing bowl or tupperware of cold water. Leaving items in their vacuum-sealed packaging, simple place them in a container of cold water to safely thaw your items more quickly. For example, using this method will allow for a Filet Mignons to thaw completely in 30-45 minutes.

While it is our least recommended method, thawing your items in the microwave is also an option. Meats thawed in the microwave will lose more of their natural juices, and therefore the final product may be drier and less tender than when thawed using the refrigerator or cold water methods described above. If you choose to thaw your steaks in the microwave, keep the following in mind: Leave meat in wrapping, do not puncture, watch carefully as the outer portions will thaw first. Standing time will complete thawing in the center.

Now that you’ve thawed your Omaha Steaks items the next step is to simply season and enjoy! For more cooking tips and recipe ideas be sure to check out the Recipes and How To tabs above.

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7 Responses to Thawing Omaha Steaks Products

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  2. Kristal says:

    I thawed my steaks for today, would it be safe to cook them the next day?

  3. ROHIT KALE says:

    It is true that you will face many problems when you frost a whole chicken meat. That is why, before you learn about how to defrost chicken meat, it is crucial to learn first the proper way to frost the chicken meat.

  4. Janie Williams says:

    We received out gift package and we have a full freezer. How long can the steaks remain in the shipping container?

  5. SteakBytes says:

    Hi Janie – you will want to put them in the freezer as soon as the dry ice is gone. Otherwise, they may spoil. Thanks for your question!

  6. Karen says:

    How long can kielbasa remain in the fridge before cooking?

  7. SteakBytes says:

    Hi Karen – the kielbasa will keep in the freezer up to 12 months, but thawed in the fridge we recommend not consuming after 7 days. Thank you!

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