Question: How do you thaw cool whip?
Answer: Cool whip is stored in the freezer section of the grocery store. Many people place it back into their home freezer when they bring it home. When they are finally ready to use it, many people wonder the best way to thaw Cool Whip. Here are a few ideas.
Refrigerator – If you have the time and patience, the best way to thaw Cool Whip is to put it in the refrigerator for about 4-5 hours until thawed. This will ensure safety and help maintain its intended texture.
Counter Top – This method is not recommended but we are putting it out there. Thawing Cool Whip at room temperature can be dangerous if you leave it sitting out too long. Cool Whip contains both skimmed milk and cream, which can spoil quickly at temperatures above 40°F. Two hours is the maximum you should leave dairy at room temperature. One hour is the maximum if the room temperature is above 90°F. People who have thawed Cool Whip on the counter have complained of texture issues.
Microwave – You can press that rarely used defrost button on your microwave if you are short on time. Place the Cool Whip in the microwave without the lid. Defrost the Cool Whip for 30 seconds, remove it and give it stir, and then pop it back in the refrigerator for another 30 seconds. Keep repeating these steps until thawed. Depending on your microwave, it may take about 2.5 to 3 minutes to thaw. The texture won’t be as great as if it were refrigerated thawed but when in a pinch this method does a decent job.
Water – Fill a large bowl with cold water. The bowl should be large enough to accommodate the sealed Cool Whip container. Add the container to the water and let the Cool Whip float for 30-40 minutes. After 30-40 minutes the Cool Whip should be about ready for use.