Asked by: Baltasar Goedecken
asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th March, 2020

Can you refreeze food that has thawed out?

The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises: Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods.

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Accordingly, what foods can be refrozen after thawing?

Any raw or cooked food that has been thawed can be refrozen as long as it was thawed properly — in the refrigerator, not on the counter — and hasn't spoiled. That includes raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood, Ms.

Subsequently, question is, why can't you refreeze thawed meat? From a safety point of view, it is fine to refreeze defrosted meat or chicken or any frozen food as long as it was defrosted in a fridge running at 5°C or below. Some quality may be lost by defrosting then refreezing foods as the cells break down a little and the food can become slightly watery.

Thereof, can you refreeze meat thawed at room temperature?

According to the USDA, refreezing previously-thawed meat is safe to do, as long as the meat was thawed in the fridge and not out on the counter at room temperature, or worse, in a microwave.

Can you thaw and refreeze chicken?

Answer: It's fine to refreeze the chicken breasts — as long as you thawed them in the refrigerator and kept them there for no more than two days. If you thawed the chicken breasts in the microwave or in cold water, you should cook them immediately before freezing, says the USDA.

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