Is Okay to Refreeze Meat?

Updated on September 28, 2011
C.R. asks from Olathe, KS
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I put pork chops down to fix for dinner last night but was unable to fix them. Now today, I can't fix them because my BIL is taking all of us out to dinner for my MIL's 60th B-DAY. Is it okay to refreeze them and defrost them for another day, or do I count this as a loss?

@C. P - Thanks for making me feel like I'm stupid for not knowing this! I'm not nor do I claim to be a cooking queen!! This has never happened which is why I asked the question. If you can't answer nicely please do not answer at all!!!

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answers from Redding on

I would go ahead and cook them now. If you don't want to have them for lunch, you can refrigerate them after they're cooked. Then tomorrow, shred them up, add bbq sauce and slow cook them until they're really tender and make pork sandwiches for dinner tomorrow night. Have some cole slaw on the side (or on the sandwiches, yummy).

Best wishes.

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answers from Albany on

Why not just cook them and keep them in the fridge for sandwiches, leftovers, etc?

I wouldn't refreeze meat unless it's been cooked.


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answers from Columbia on

Oh for crying out loud....of COURSE you can refreeze it. Just be sure to cook it properly when you do prepare it.

They've only been out of the freezer for a day, not a week.

ETA: Nobody can make you feel stupid except for you. You can take my post however you like, but the "for crying out loud" was really for all of the paranoid folks who seem to think that unopened meat that has been out of the freezer for a day is dangerous. It was my frustration towards those misleading posts.

I don't think you're stupid. But really, take it however you like.

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answers from Houston on

Don't refreeze them unless you cook them first.

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answers from Lakeland on

You can cook them and have leftovers tomorrow. I was taught to never refreeze meats.

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answers from Austin on

They are safe to refreeze, but they will not taste very good.

Better to go ahead and cook them and eat them tomorrow.

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answers from Portland on

As a home economist, I'll say that yes you can refreeze meat. Freezing does subtly change the texture of a food because the freezing causes the cells to expand and then they collapse when thawed. With meat, however, you will not notice the difference. The cells are firm.

When you freeze fruits and vegetable, thaw them and then refreeze them the freezing cause the cells to become mushy. You can still eat the food but you'll notice the difference in texture.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Yes you can thaw and refreeze any meat. If the meat is not spoiled when you put it back in the freezer it will not be spoiled when you take it out.

If you look in the grocery stores beside some meats you will see a small sign that says "This product has been previously frozen". Its not uncommon for meat that you get home from the grocery store to have been refrozen at least twice.

ADDED: Don't be too hard on C.. This same question has been asked at least 4 times in the last month.

Good luck to you and yours.

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answers from Minneapolis on

not a good idea especially with Pork. Cook them up and eat them for left overs.

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answers from Orlando on

I think stores do it but really, I wouldn't take the chance. It's not worth it with all the food borne illnesses out there. I have done it with non-meat items though--like bread.

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answers from New York on

In general you can only refreeze if you cook them first. If they are raw in in the fridge over 48 hours I'd probably toss them.

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answers from Cincinnati on

you should not refreeze it because it will make it really tough. however you generally have 3-5 days after defrosting to use them.

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answers from Dallas on

Yes you can. However, keep in mind that every time it's frozen, thawed, and refrozen...meat looses it's quality. You can certainly refreeze it, but it might not be the quality you expect. Not that you should throw it out, because of that!! Just wanted to warn you, in case it seems different :)

I often cook meat and freeze it cooked, it makes for quick dinners. You could try that!

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answers from Albuquerque on

I would leave them in the fridge and cook them tomorrow night, they should be OK. If you're not comfortable with that you could cook them now and cut them up for stir fry to use within a couple days or freeze.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I would not refreeze unless I have cooked the meat first because the texture would change. But, yes, I have refreezed uncooked meat when caught in a situation just like yours.

After all, it would be naive to think that the fresh chicken breast I bought at the grocery store has come fresh directly from the farm within a few days. The reality is that most of our "fresh" meat and fish has been flash frozen for transportation and distribution.

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answers from Washington DC on

no you are not supposed to re freeze. I would not eat it

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answers from St. Louis on

I know this is late, but I just now looked at your question. I took a food safety class and learned that if you took it out of the freezer and thawed it, you shouldn't refreeze it because it had been frozen and thawed when you bought it at the store, so this would be the 3rd time that it is going into the freezer - all giving opportunity for bacteria to get in. I think one more day wouldn't hurt or go ahead and cook it then freeze it. As a rule, you should only refreeze once (so it's in the freezer only twice) before cooking.



answers from Wichita on

Yes you can refreeze them, however as someone suggested you can also cook them and have them for dinner tomorrow.

For everyone who thinks that you can't refreeze meat, it will make it tough, you think the meat you buy has not been frozen and then thawed? So you are refreezing it when you buy it at the store and take it home to freeze it! Just make sure that you don't leave it set too long in the fridge!



answers from Kansas City on

Hello, I've always heard, "NO" don't refreeze. If I were you, I'd bake or place them in a crockpot today. Then, let it cool off and store for tomorrow. And dinner is partly done and you didn't waste them. I've done this before where you have something come up and I'll just cook and save.
No question is a stupid question, remember that.



answers from Joplin on

And NO you cant refreeze meat. C.!!!!!! More than likely it is not cuz the meat will go bad it will get freezer burt. C..

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