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Old 01-09-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Woodinville
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Default Cook, Cool, Freeze, Thaw, Freeze, Heat, Eat?

So I've been cooking up a storm with my new crock pot and I've run into an interesting scenario. I made a stew-type dish with beef in it and froze two portions after letting it cool for around half an hour or so. I put those two portions in the fridge for 2 days thinking they would defrost and I would eat them, but we ended up going out both nights and bringing home left overs so I put them both back in the freezer to refreeze them. They only defrosted partially during those two days; I could still feel they were partially frozen.

So now they are frozen again, are they safe to eat?

If I cook something with meat in the future, how long can the leftovers stay in fridge before being frozen? Once frozen, should I thaw before cooking? How long would it be good in the fridge post-thaw?
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Safe yeah, but most likely they will get freezer burn and not taste so good anymore..

But if like you say, they were still a bit frozen...I see no reason they wont be safe to eat
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: denison,tx
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If there were still ice crystals visible or they felt fasirly solid, it's okay to re-freeze...

Best to cool all foods down to 40* as quickly as possible then freeze...

Do not leave leftovers in fridge for more than 1 day before freezing,
too many variations in fridge temps due to opening and closing door...can cause bacteria to grow...
grows best in temps between 40* and 140*

speaking from food service manager training and personal experience...

hope this helps

Last edited by leftmyheartintennessee; 01-09-2012 at 08:20 PM.. Reason: added explanation
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Should be fine as still partially frozen for sure. I'd say ok for 2 or 3 days in fridge before freezing. But, wouldn't pass up advice from someone with food training ^^^.
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