Can partially defrosted meat be re-frozen?

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Posted 5/13/2009 by scrapinmy3kids in NSBR Board


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Posted: 5/13/2009 5:54:04 PM
I just went to put stuff in my garage frezzer and appaarently at some point the door was left partially open.(Kids) Some of the meat was not salvagable(sp?) However some of it just the edges are defrosted and some is just getting soft. (mostly chicken and roast's) Can it be refrozen or is it a lost cause? HELP!


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Posted: 5/13/2009 5:56:02 PM
I'm going to say no.

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Posted: 5/13/2009 5:56:39 PM
I'd cook whatever you can and then re-freeze that as long as it is still cold in the freezer.

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Posted: 5/13/2009 5:58:14 PM
I'm pretty daring with "can I eat this?" situations. Not with meat. I would either throw it out or cook it and then freeze it.

That's a bummer that happened.


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Posted: 5/13/2009 6:03:51 PM
CRAP that is what I thought. Looks like I will have both crookpots going tomorrow! Thanks


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Posted: 5/13/2009 6:06:03 PM
I used to always say no, but then i realized that grocery stores do this all the time. Most of the chicken, sausage and some of the ground meats they sell have previously been frozen. Then they thaw to sell and then you take it home and freeze it again. UNless it was to room temp or higher (in the danger zone) I wouldnt worry too much about re-freezing

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Posted: 5/13/2009 6:39:14 PM
anything that was just getting soft around the edges, I would totally refreeze.

I once talked to a butcher (a friend, not a business relationship) who told me it's fine to defrost and refreeze meat, so I never worry about that. and if it stayed cold, even if slightly defrosted, there shouldn't be any problem at all.

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Posted: 5/13/2009 6:52:01 PM
I still wouldn't trust it - I just wouldn't take a chance.


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Posted: 5/14/2009 12:03:58 AM
We refreeze meat all the time and have never gotten sick. We'll take meat out of the freezer at the begining of the week for that week's menu. If we end up going out to eat or don't feel like cooking what we defrosted, back into the freezer it goes. Of course we only thaw in the fridge, never on the counter, and I only do it once. If we don't use it the second time it goes in the garbage.

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Posted: 5/14/2009 4:07:00 AM
I have always been told that you should never refreeze in the same state - so you can freeze raw meat & then cook it & freeze it again, but shouldn't refreeze defrosted raw meat ... I probably would cook it & refreeze, but it really depends how much has defrosted - it it really only is the edge I'd probably risk it!

Here in the UK, previously frozen meat/fish etc sold in a store must be marked as such on the packet so you are aware ...
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