A container or device in a combination for thawing frozen food items in a thawing process is described. It is at least partially filled with a fixed amount of water, with the food items in a leak-proof package completely submerged within the water. A housing of the device or container has slits that serve as inlets for the water to be drawn therein. A submersible pump within the housing agitates water from the container that is drawn in through the slits. An agitator outlet of the housing or container exhausts the water agitated by the pump into the container so as to be continuously circulated over the one or more frozen food items. This is done at specified water temperature and flowrate ranges such that no food items within the leak-proof package exceed 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the thawing process.

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