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Should I Dispose of Thawed Frozen Food from the Freezer, or Can it be Frozen?
During a power outage or any other situation where food becomes thawed from the freezer, it can be tempting to just throw everything back into the freezer and refreeze it. Unfortunately, this is not always the smartest—or safest—idea, no matter how much money you’ll be losing on throwing things out. In the long run, it’s much more practical to lose a few bucks on tossing some thawed meat rather than spending a day and a paycheck in the Emergency Room.
 
Rules on Refreezing Thawed Food
As a general rule, anything that that is thawed or partially thawed can be refrozen safely as long as it is still at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below AND has ice crystals on it. While it will affect the quality and taste of some foods, it will still be safe to eat. You can check your food’s temperature by placing an appliance thermometer into your freezer and waiting until the power comes back on. At the moment it comes on, if the thermometer is at 40 degrees or lower, your food will be safe to eat.
 
It’s important to note that you should never taste the food to determine whether it is safe to eat or not; if there’s any doubt, throw it out. Odor and appearance aren’t always good determining factors for food safety. For instance, if any food has come into contact with raw meat juices, it must be thrown out, but this isn’t something you can tell from odor or appearance.
 
Food Categories and Specifics for Refreezing Thawed Food
As with anything, there are many exceptions to the rules so it’s important to learn the general categories of food and their individual rules. Below you will find categories of food, examples and then whether they should be discarded or not in certain situations:
  •  MEAT, POULTRY and SEAFOOD such as beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, variety meats (liver, kidney, heart, etc.), casseroles, stews, soups, fish, shellfish, breaded fish and ground meats can be refrozen if they still contain ice crystals, feel cold and are under 40° F. If they are above 40° F for over two hours and are thawed, throw them out. When refreezing fish, expect some loss of texture and flavor.
  • DAIRY such as milk, eggs, egg products, shredded cheeses, casseroles containing milk, cream, eggs, soft cheeses and cheesecake can be refrozen if they still contain ice crystals, feel cold and are under 40° F. If they are above 40° F for over two hours and are thawed, throw them out. Milk and soft or semi-soft cheese may lose some texture and flavor. Ice cream and frozen yogurt should always be discarded upon thawing while hard cheeses can be refrozen no matter what.
  • FRUITS including juices, can be refrozen if they still contain ice crystals, feel cold and are under 40° F. Loss of texture and taste may occur, depending on the fruit. Discard any fruits that are moldy, have a yeasty smell or if sliminess develops.
  • VEGETABLES including juices, can be refrozen if they still contain ice crystals, feel cold and are under 40° F. Loss of texture and taste may occur, depending on the vegetable. Discard any vegetables that are held over 40° F for over 6 hours.
  • BREADS and PASTRIES such as breads, rolls, muffins and cakes (without custard fillings) can be refrozen no matter what. Cakes, pies and pastries with custard or cheese filling should be discarded if held over 40° F for over 2 hours.
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