When cutting frozen food, it is important to remember a few principles to keep the process safe. Even if you don’t have time to thaw the food before cooking or use only a portion of your frozen food, it is safe and easy to cut frozen food. Meats, packages of frozen vegetables, fish and bread can all be cut directly from the freezer. This can expedite the cooking process during busy days and nights when you need to put food on the table fast.
Things You'll Need
Cut frozen food using a strong, sturdy steel knife on a cutting board. Certain knives are specially formulated to work better with frozen foods. These knives have serrated edges and stay sharp longer because they are formulated to be extra hard. Frozen food knives are available at stores that sell kitchen supplies.
Cut large pieces of frozen food, such as large pieces of frozen beef, with an electric kitchen saw made for frozen foods. Use caution with this piece of equipment as it can cut through meat and bone. The directions of the manufacturer should be followed to avoid accidents or injuries. Electric kitchen saws are available at kitchen supply stores and online at stores such as Amazon.
Wash the frozen food knife in the dishwasher or by hand. Sharpen dull knifes with a standard knife-sharpening kit before use to help avoid accidents.
Point the knife away from yourself while cutting frozen foods. Frozen items can be slippery, so be careful to hold the frozen item in a place where you will not accidentally slip and cut your hand. Make sure the item is securely placed on the cutting board before attempting to make a cut.
Wash the cutting board with soap and hot water after you are finished cutting to avoid contamination. Even frozen food can leave a residue that can cause the growth of bacteria if the board is not cleaned properly.
References and ResourcesFDA: Fresh and Frozen Seafood: Selecting and Serving It Safely
Recipe Tips: Frozen Food Knife