Is It Safe to Refreeze Thawed Meat?

Q: Can I refreeze meat that has been thawed?

A: When meat has reached “danger zones” of 4°C and 60°C, it is not recommended to refreeze meat for later consumption. There is usually an assumption that meat when bought in the temperature stored stated above will be consumed within 2 to 4 hours.

However, in theory, you could thaw and refreeze meat as many times as you like. Keep it within the time as a guideline if whether the meat is considered “unsafe” to refreeze.

Example:

If you’re taking out the meat from your home freezer to separate the portions before refreezing immediately (meat is still in frozen state and temperature), it is still ok to refreeze.

If you’re taking out the meat from the home freezer, thawed to prepare to cook (meat no longer in frozen state and exposed to “danger zone” temperature), it is no longer ok to refreeze (if exposed to danger zone temperature for 2 to 4 hours).

Hope this helps!

Reference:

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/1363/how-dangerous-is-it-to-refreeze-meat-that-has-been-thawed
http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2642/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-temperature-and-food-safety

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