Can I put frozen meat in a slow cooker?

  • I was wondering if I can put meat directly from the freezer into a slow-cooker. I want to be able to put chicken in the slow-cooker without having to let it defrost for a whole day in the fridge.

    It is possible?

    If you're going to risk it at all, I'd risk it on beef or lamb. Chicken, fish or shellfish is just asking for trouble.

  • hobodave

    hobodave Correct answer

    10 years ago

    Per the USDA guidelines, frozen chicken should not be cooked in a slow-cooker or a microwave. It can only safely be cooked in the oven or on the stovetop.

    A similar warning is given for beef as well.

    Huh... We just put frozen chicken in our crock pot today at lunch on low and cooked all afternoon for supper. We also put roasts (beef and pork) in the morning and let it cook all day for great tasting roasts.

    @MikeWills the USDA guidelines are to prevent foodborne illness, not to ensure the tastiness of the food. The issue is that if one starts with frozen ingredients, slow-cookers are unable to quickly heat the contents past the "danger zone" of temperature at which bacteria multiply most rapidly. Even if the food is heated well past the danger zone afterward, thus killing bacteria, tasteless toxins produced by the bacteria will still remain.

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