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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More / Can you refreeze defrosted food?
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    Can you refreeze defrosted food?

    Fri Mar 01, 2002 3:08 pm Groupie
    I have heard different opinions about this. Can you or cant you refreeze defrosted food. The meat that I buy from the store defrosted or fresh... I sometimes bring home and refreeze if I am not going to use it fast. It is always fine when I defrost it. what do you all say? My ex-husband's grandmother always said that you could.
    Izzy Knight
    Fri Mar 01, 2002 8:07 pm Groupie
    generally I don't refreeze defrosted seafood. With meat, however, I do make exceptions. If the meat hasn't begun to look soggy (you know, kinda dripping) I refreeze it. But if i microwave-drfrost, i never refreeze it. because you might accidentally cook it.
    However, I usually takes my momma'a advice: repackage the meat into small portions in plastic bags.
    Fri Mar 01, 2002 8:08 pm Groupie
    This is a very tricky question - For safety sake NO WAY - from the practical sense what I do is to partially defrost the meat just to the stage of being able to separate the pieces then vacuum seal them and refreeze. With chicken or fish don't,
    it can be very dangerous - with some fruit & veggies i do the same as the meat but to be really safe you should not refreeze. So I tell you not to for safety sake but I too have refrozen. Does it sound like I'm taking you around the Maypole?
    Fri Mar 01, 2002 9:10 pm Groupie
    I agree with Bergy about safety, but once when my son left the freezer open overnight I had to look it up what could be refrozen. There is info on the US Food & Drug Admin 800 telephone # and probably on their web site for specific type food. If I remember correctly, I refroze all of the meat as it still had ice crystals in middle-but lost icecream and a couple of casseroles.
    Hope this helps.
    Fri Mar 01, 2002 10:57 pm Groupie
    Bergy is absolutely right -- for safety sake, you shouldn't refreeze. As I've mentioned before here in other threads, I'm a real safety freak, so I don't ever refreeze any meat that's been defrosted. But that's just me; I know folks who take less caution and they're all still alive icon_smile.gif
    Tue Mar 05, 2002 1:47 pm Groupie
    My SIL is a food scientist. She says as long as the food wasn't kept in unsafe conditions for too long, you can refreeze anything. You will notice, though, the food *quality* (not safety) may degrade.

    So if you had a whole chicken in the freezer, then put it in the fridge for a day, you'd be able to re-freeze it. If you thawed the chicken on the counter (or quickly in a water bath), you should cook it well, right away.

    Once we bought a frozen bag of french fries at 9:00pm, and forgot to put them in the freezer. We found them at 11:00am. She said they were ok to eat, just throw them back in the freezer.

    She is really careful though. She refuses to eat alfalfa sprouts or mushrooms.
    Tue Mar 05, 2002 1:50 pm Groupie
    My husband's rule of thumb to determine if something was edible used to be: eat it. If you get sick, it was bad.

    Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:21 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Did you have good results with the thawed french fries? The same thing just happened to me and I don't know if we should eat the french fries after refreezing them. icon_sad.gif
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:55 pm
    Forum Host
    This is a really old thread and I don't know if the people who posted originally are still active. I would not hesitate to cook the fries and see how they look. It is very unlikely that they spoiled in any way, but fries being fries, there may have been a texture change that won't be appealing. Just give it a try - at most you'll have wasted a little time and cooking power. If they turn out ok, then all is good.

    I recently suffered 4 days of power outages - I threw out all the meat and seafood, too much danger there, but some things I refroze and so far they've been good - fruit, veggies, things like that.
    Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:31 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Yes it may be a really really old post BUT same rules would apply I am always curious about this,but I usually only buy enough to cook for a few days..
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:41 pm Groupie
    I had the same thing happen as another poster. My nephews left a freshly well stocked freezer door cracked over night. I was so mad and looked online at like the USDA website. The website said yes you could refreeze keeping in mind the quality won't be the same. Matter fact tonight I'm using some refroze chicken tonight and have already used some of the refroze items.
    Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:49 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    If it is ground anything - no. Cook it and either freeze the (well-done) results, or eat it right away.

    Veggies...the quality will suffer. Perhaps you could cook and can them?

    My caveat here is if we bought it right off a farm, and it gets defrosted, it gets cooked. Period.
    Twin Mom 2004
    Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:28 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Opinions on refreezing cooked meat?

    I made a big batch of pork roast (used a crock pot carnitas recipe) and divided up into meal sized portions for the freezer. I have thawed a batch and want to make quesadillas out of it and freeze them for quick lunches.

    Think that's ok? I mean, it's already cooked, so it seems like it should be fine...
    Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:47 am
    Forum Host
    Yes, as long as it was thawed safely and kept refrigerated. But you will have a slight deterioration of quality. Probably not noticeable if you will be using it with BBQ sauce or salsas or whatever. Better to freeze things like this in smaller quantities, so you are not r thawing and refreezing.

    I also freeze ready made pulled pork sandwiches. Just double wrap. Then a minute or so in the microwave straight from the freezer and you've got a hot lunch. Another option for you.
    Twin Mom 2004
    Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:01 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Thanks! Sounds like a great idea!
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