How long can one safely thaw meat from a frozen state on a kitchen counter?

How long to thaw a turkey at room temperature

Experts recommended not thawing meat on the kitchen counter at all.

That being said it depends on what you want to thaw on the counter.

,I will thaw a thin piece of meat, like a steak or piece of chicken, on the counter because they arenu2019t very big and thaw quickly.

Then cook them right away.

,A large roast, a whole chicken or turkey is problematic.

A large item takes a long time so you will have thawed meat at room temperature for many hours while you wait for the centre to thaw.

,A better way is to submerge the item in cold water in the sink.

Of course, the best way is to think ahead and allow enough time for it to thaw in the fridge.