Can thawed meat be refrozen?


According to the USDA, thawed meat can be refrozen as long as it still has ice crystals on it or it has been kept consistently at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Refreezing may affect the quality of the meat.

Fish, shellfish and breaded seafood products suffer from some texture and flavor loss if they are refrozen. Most other types of meat, including beef, veal, poultry and meat-based casseroles, do not suffer from texture or flavor loss. If the thawed meat has been held above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours, it needs to be discarded. Odor and appearance are not reliable indicators as to a food's safety.

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Because bacteria will grow in the meat once it is thawed and then you put it back in the freezer which just hibernates the bacteria - when you bring it out to thaw again the bacteria
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It is OK to do so if it was thawed in the refrigerator. you can get all the facts here.….
Hi Lou, It is recommended to cook fresh or defrosted meat within 3 days. So, if you buy fresh, never frozen meat on Monday, it should be prepared by Thursday or frozen for later use
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