3 Tips for Cooking Frozen Meat in Brava

A great meal in Brava begins with exceptional protein. We’ve partnered with Rastelli’s, a digital butcher shop that ships premium frozen meat, poultry, and fish across the continental States.

For a limited time, Brava customers can enjoy 15% off their purchases over $150 by using the code BRAVAPARTNER15 upon checkout.*

Rastelli products are frozen when you open your box, and for a good reason! Rastelli’s ships meat and seafood frozen because you can keep them longer and you don’t have to cook them immediately upon receipt. Let’s explore a few best practices for handling and cooking previously frozen proteins: 

  1. Fully thaw frozen meat and seafood before cooking. We recommend thawing for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator because this is the safest thawing method. The food is always cold and never enters the “temperature danger zone” of  40°-140°F, where bacteria can grow and thrive. 
  2. If you need to quickly defrost meat or seafood, do so under running water. Keep protein in its original vacuum-sealed plastic packaging, and place it in a bowl in the sink under slowly running water for 30-60 minutes. The thicker the protein, the longer it will take to thaw. 
  3. Pat protein dry with paper towels before cooking. Thawing frozen proteins releases some water content, so it’s important to thoroughly pat dry. Otherwise, that excess moisture may prevent the protein from browning properly. Remember, excess surface moisture will convert to steam, and nobody wants a steamed steak! 
  4. Season liberally with kosher salt just before cooking. And don’t be afraid to season with some flakey finishing sea salt after cooking, too! 

Rastelli’s Top 10 Best-Sellers

  1. Faroe Island Salmon
  2. Grass-fed Filet Mignon
  3. Organic Chicken Breasts
  4. Grass-Fed NY Strip
  5. Pork Chops
  6. Hardwood Smoked Bacon
  7. Wagyu Burger
  8. Swordfish Steaks
  9. Scallops
  10. Center-Cut Sirloin

*Offer cannot be applied to previous purchases, or combined with any other offers, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Offer valid only on Rastellis.com for one time use on first order and cannot be used on any other Rastelli website or store, including Rastelli Market Fresh, or on any Rastelli products listed on third-party websites. Offer valid in the continental US only. Terms of offer are subject to change. Offer valid through 01/01/22 at 11:59pm EST.

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