Last Updated on May 1, 2021 by cmoarz
If you’ve ever been faced with the dilemma of whether or not to refreeze meat that has already thawed, then this article is for you! We will be discussing what can happen if food is refrozen as well as how to successfully store and re-freeze your food.
Some of us have a grandma who swore you should never refreeze meat after it’s already been frozen and thawed. Times are much different now than they were back when grandma was a kid though, And now we know you can refreeze meat after it’s been frozen and thawed previously.
As long as you do it within 3-4 days of defrosting it, your meat will be safe to refreeze.
Even the FDA says so.
Important note: that this only counts if you’ve defrosted your meat properly in a temperature-controlled fridge overnight rather than on the counter or in a water bath. FDA says it’s dangerous. So you should cook it first and then refreeze it.
Also, keep in mind, the amount of time it spends defrosted still carries over the next time it’s been defrosted. So for example, if you leave it out for 3 days after defrosting it, and then refreeze it, Next time you take it out, you should consider it 3 days defrosted right away. That only gives you 1 more day to eat or refreeze it again.
Bottom line, when someone comes up to you and says why can’t you refreeze meat? Do your duty to dispel the myth and tell them all about what you’ve read here today and the FDA guidelines on refereeing frozen meat.