A quicker thaw

2019-03-08 07:01:01

After the turbo oven (This Week, 31 October, p 6) comes the claim, from Nestlé, of a speedy device for thawing frozen food. Defrosting in a microwave is slow as the food heats unevenly, so it is best left for hours at room temperature to thaw completely. Nestlé smears an edible micro-emulsion over the frozen food, so that it absorbs microwave energy to create a uniform blanket of heat that thaws the frozen food evenly (WO 98/26672). The micro-emulsion is made by dispersing droplets of water in two approved food additives: