Review of Food Safety Certification MN and Thawing Food

Food Safety Certification MN and Defrosting FoodWith winter approaching, it’s typical for fresh product availability to wane and force many outlets to bring in frozen product. Even though we cover thawing frozen product at length in our online and instructor led food safety certification MN courses, we thought it might be a good idea to provide a quick review on the subject.

Proper Thawing Procedures

Before we begin our discussion, we’d like to share with you an actual question that was once used in some states’ food handler’s permit tests:

Where is the proper place to thaw an 18-pound frozen turkey?

A. On a counter
B. In your refrigerator
C. In the oven
D. In the trunk of your car

If you chose D, then this blog is for you. The proper answer to this question is in the refrigerator. Cooking a large, frozen turkey is sure to create a bacteria hazard or an overcooked and inedible bird, and there is no way to safely thaw a turkey on a counter at room temperature.


For over 20 years Safe Food Training has been known as the # 1 provider of food manager certification in Minnesota. We offer both instructor lead and on-line food safety certification courses. Our instructor lead courses are regularly scheduled at several central Minnesota locations. If you have special training requirements, we can even customize ServSafe training for your group. Which ever option is best for you, we would be happy to serve your needs.

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