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Q: Can you refreeze meat that has been frozen and then thawed?
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Can frozen meat be frozen again?

No, frozen is frozen. But you can refreeze something that has been thawed. You can refreeze thawed meat long as there are still ice crystals on it. Once completely thawed then you need to cook it first then refreeze. This applies to solid pieces only, ground meat once more than half thawed needs to be cooked first then refrozen always.


Is meat heavier when it is frozen than when it is thawed?

Meat will always weigh the same whether thawed or frozen. This is will hold true unless the water from the meat will be drained during the thawing process. It will then weigh lighter than its frozen state.


Weight differences between frozen and non-frozen meat?

A pound of fresh meat will weigh one pound when it is frozen. It will not gain weight from the freezing process. It could lose weight from dehydration during freezer storage if it is not packaged properly. Thawed meat also loses more water due to the rupture of the cells.


Is frozen chicken ok after 2 years?

Meats can be frozen for this long. If the chicken was kept frozen in an air tight container, it should still be good. Check the smell and look for freezer burn once the meat has thawed.


Can cooked meat be frozen then thawed and heated and be refrozen?

Putting meat through a cook-freeze-thaw-reheat-refreeze cycle isn't generally going to result in a quality product and could present some food safety issues. The only situation where this might work might be with cooked ground beef used in a sauce or chili - if all sanitation precautions are followed.

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Can frozen meat be frozen again?

No, frozen is frozen. But you can refreeze something that has been thawed. You can refreeze thawed meat long as there are still ice crystals on it. Once completely thawed then you need to cook it first then refreeze. This applies to solid pieces only, ground meat once more than half thawed needs to be cooked first then refrozen always.


Can you refreeze meat sauce?

It is not advised to refreeze any foods that have frozen and thawed.


Can you safely refreeze defrosted meat?

No. It is not advised to refreeze meat that has already been frozen and thawed. The best thing to do is cook the meat and then freeze it after it is cooked.


When can you refreeze meat?

Refreezing meat isn't a good idea. But if you must, the meat should not have been old the first time it was frozen, it should have been thawed under refrigeration and then frozen again shortly after being thawed. Realize that the quality of the meat will be negatively affected. The flavor will likely degrade and the meat will be drier and tougher when cooked.


Can you refreeze previously frozen crab legs?

Refreezing crab meat after it has thawed is not recommended. It may alter the texture and taste of the meat.


Can you refreeze baby back pork ribs?

Only if they have been cooked. Never refreeze uncooked thawed meat.


Can venison be frozen thawed and refrozen?

No, it isn't safe to refreeze meat, including venison. However, you can cook it and then freeze it.


Can you refreeze frozen hamburger patties if they were thawed?

You should under no circumstances REFREEZE THAWED MEAT.When the meat was packaged, it was done so in a sterile environment. But as soon as you remove the meat from the package, bacteria begins to grow. Then when you freeze it, the bacteria multiplies.


Can you refreeze meat once it has been thawed in the microwave?

The USDA only recommends refreezing meat if it has been thawed under refrigeration. Thawing meat in the microwave is not thawing it under refrigeration.


Can you refreeze raw vacuum packed meat?

It depends somewhat on the meat. However, most red meats and pork can be re-frozen with this caveat: the meat must have been thawed in the refrigerator. If it was quick thawed in water or the microwave, it should not be refrozen. It depends on how completely it was defrosted. If it still had ice crystals it was not thawed completely. If all of it got over 32 Deg F do not refreeze.


If your meat has been thawed and refrozen is it still good?

If the meat stays below room temperature (for instance, if you have thawed it in the refrigerator) and it is quickly put back into the freezer, you can refreeze the meat with little effect on the texture and flavor of the meat. If the meat has been thawed for a day or more, or gets warmer than refrigerator temperature, it is best to cook it and then refreeze.


Can you refreeze meat after cooking?

Once the raw meat has been cooked, cool quickly, and then freeze. If the cooked meat has been previously frozen, then don't refreeze.

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