Thawing frozen foods must be done safely, or you can make yourself sick. While freezing food does put microorganisms that can cause disease in "suspended animation", once food is warmed up to above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the bacteria can start multiplying. Apartment Therapy helps you thaw that food without worrying about getting sick.
The simplest way to get that food from frozen solid to ready to eat is to thaw it in the refrigerator. It does have the longest lead time, however, so you have to plan ahead. Some of the reasons why this is a great method include the fact that you don't have to actively be involved in the thawing process and the refrigerator makes sure your food remains at a safe temperature. You can thaw dinner while you're away at work, and if you change your mind about using the food, it can be eaten later or refrozen safely.
Another method is using cold water. Place the sealed package of food in a bowl, pot or sink and drain and refill the water every half hour until the item is no longer frozen. Or you can thaw your meat under cold running water. You can also use the microwave, but this method can cause the food to thaw unevenly, resulting in not very tasty food or even bacteria. Only use this method if you plan to cook the food, or for frozen fruits that will be served immediately.
You can set out frozen pastries, breads and fruits on the counter and allow them to thaw at room temperature for 2-4 hours. Never use this method for meat, fish and vegetables, however, to avoid getting sick.