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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:14 PM
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Can you refreeze meat?
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 05:16 PM by Mike 03
Three days ago I removed some meat from the freezer and it thawed, and put it in the fridge but did not use it. Tonight (three days later) I decided to put it back in the freezer. I noticed that some liquid had separated from the meat, but the package is very airtight. Normally I would toss it to be safe, but this is organic meat. Not only did it cost a lot, but I despise wasting food, especially animals. (I'm close to vegetarianism, but not 100% there. That is the reason I end up wasting meat; I feel guilty eating it. Yet I continue to buy it periodically.)

ON EDIT:

It just occurred to me, I'm positive--absolutely certain--I've wasted much more meat out of guilt and not wantint to eat it (and sloppy buying habits) than out of actually eating the damned meat to begin with. At least that has been the case for the past three years or so. I don't know why it's so hard just to bite the bullet and quit buying all meat. Anyway, just an afterthought.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:15 PM
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1. You should cook it and then re-freeze it
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:22 PM
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5. Thank you, that sounds like a better plan. NT
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:24 PM
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8. Miz t., my ultimate food authority, seconds that.
She says NEVER refreeze raw meat.
Cook it and then freeze it for later use.
Sorry.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:17 PM
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2. No
If you defrost it, cook it, or throw it out. If you cook it you can freeze the leftovers, but you should never thaw and re-freeze uncooked meat.
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:23 PM
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7. I will do this. I just took it out of the freezer. NT
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:17 PM
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3. Yes you refreeze, but the quality will degrade.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 05:20 PM by Gormy Cuss
IF you thawed it properly. Don't trust me, read the USDA info:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Focus_On_Freezing/...

It's usually better to cook it and freeze it.
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:24 PM
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9. Thank you for the link. Much appreciated. NT
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:04 PM
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16. yep
I have refrozen stuff lots of times, but the quality definitely degrades - I would only do it for something that is going to be sauced or stewed or otherwise "enhanced" - never for a good steak or roast.

Better to cook it then freeze that.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:39 AM
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21. Yeah, it degrades
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:22 PM
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4. My mom lived by the "never refreeze" rule.
And none of us died from food poisoning, so maybe there's something to that.





Or it might have been all the garlic... :-)
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:25 PM
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10. That's good. I won't. Everyone agrees on this question. NT
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:25 PM
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11. Hey, garlic ain't just for warding off vampires.
That might be it.
;-)
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:44 PM
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12. I got a physical a couple of years ago...
... and the night my test results came in, I tell my boss. The recreational runner who spent 30+ years in the Army and retired a lieutenant colonel. I'm a couch potato and have about 60 pounds on him.


He's sitting there, eating his sandwich (slice of ham on wheat with a piece of lettuce; no cheese or mayo) and sucking down a yogurt cop, I'm busy devouring a big bag of Doritos and washing it down with Diet Pepsi.

So I tell him my blood pressure and cholestorol levels, and he started, then stared at me.

"But that's lower than mine!" he cried plaintively.

"Sucks to be you," I reply, then smile as I crunch on another Dorito.


:rofl:
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:21 AM
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18. I'm a smoking, drinking, overweight couch potato
Yet my cholesterol is phenomenal. I have the cholesterol of a fifteen year old, something like 400 good, 40 bad. My best friend of 20 years, the guy who's been giving me shit since high school, goes to the gym six days a week and only eats meat one or two meals a week has the opposite ratio.

"Sorry, dude," I tell him. "Combination of cheap beer and genetics. Nietzsche at his finest."
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:24 AM
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19. LOL
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 12:24 AM by krispos42
:toast:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:54 PM
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24. It's all in the genes. Pretty much.
Choose your parents wisely.
;-)
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:22 PM
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6. I'm always frigid.
:shrug:

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QueenOfCalifornia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:45 PM
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13. This is what happens
when freezing meat.

Ice crystals form that explode/rupture the cell walls - the basic structure of the meat - one freezing is fine - refreezing destroys the integrity of the meat and changes the cellular structure. Note *refreezing ground meat is less problematic.

You fucked up your meat. Read this: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article/27/Freezing-...
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:46 PM
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14. Well, yes, of course you can. However, it will turn to mealy weird-texture crap.
As someone above said, cook it first, then you can freeze it again without taking any risks on texture and whatnot.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:17 PM
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15. If you eat it and get sick you'll be OFF meat for months anyhow so try it! LOL!
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:11 PM
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17. I am going to echo the cook it and refreeze it thing.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:30 AM
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20. I'd toss it. Yuk!
But I'm picky.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:32 PM
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23. I'll second this.
If meat even smells the slightest bit off to me, out it goes. I don't like gut aches or any type of poisoning. :scared:

I go by smell a lot, but if I ever thaw it, I cook it and maybe will freeze the cooked version, but that's as far as I go.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:18 PM
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22. My MIL does it all the time
It is one of her food preparation habits that drives me nuts being a food safety professional. I try to ignore that and other such habits to be polite. Often I feel ill after eating there though.
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