Freezing Imitation Crabmeat

Can imitation crabmeat be refrozen safely? Local grocery stores tend to sell previously frozen crabmeat. I may not always want to use it immediately.

Charlene from Punta Gorda, FL

August 22, 20060 found this helpful

I don't know for sure, but I've always believed once something is frozen & thawed, no matter what it is, it needs to be used right away.

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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

I buy imitattion crabmeat all the time in WalMart and I always freeze it. I don't know if you know it but WalMart will sell you a 2 1/2 pound bag that is still frozen. You can ask for it at the Seafood counter. I take it home and usually it is too much for my husband and I for one meal so I cut it in half and freeze it in 1 of those plain storage gallon bags.

We still have extra after each meal.

Hope this helps


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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

If something is safe to eat, it is safe to freeze , [assuming it is something that may be frozen in the first oplace] although the quality of an item may suffer.

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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

I buy it & freeze it as soon as I come home. I've done it forever. It thaws at room temp really fast too. But if Im in a hurry I just nuke it. But if you do that take it out of the packaging & put on a plate. That plastic isn't safe to cook in.

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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

It is usually frozen when you buy it.

It comes both ways.

It is just fish flavored with crab juice.


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August 23, 20060 found this helpful

I see others have already responded, but I was going to relay that it sure can be frozen. I buy it also @ Wal-Mart in the air tight package. It keeps for a long time refrigerated, but if I don't think I'll be needing it in the next week or so, I will freeze it. Here's a great crab salad recipe I use. Imitation crab meat, chopped in the food processor, choppped green onion, and mayonnaise. That's all & it's so delicious. Tastes better even after it's been refrigerated a few days. We spread it on crackers.

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April 4, 20070 found this helpful

We keep producing Imitation Crabmeat all the year round, If you are interesting , please feel free to contact me. my email is mikeyifeng AT

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful

I make ceviche w/imitation crab, precooked shrimp, green onions, cilantro, Serrano peppers, avocado, 2C fresh lemon juice. Can this be frozen in small batches?

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September 4, 20160 found this helpful

If I bought it frozen and thawed it and used a small amount for sushi, can i refreeze what is left?

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

Avacado does not freeze well, perhaps you could freeze the rest and add avacado when you serve?

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Check this link:

This site is US government-related, I think, has loads of answers on food safety.

Like another poster, I always thought that once it's been frozen and thawed, that was it--but that isn't always the case.

If whatever you're using has been kept in the refrigerator , it safe to refreeze. If thawed in cold running water or the microwave, it needs to be cooked right away ( it can be re-frozen after cooking).

If you're in the habit of thawing on the counter, none of it should be cooked or eaten ( never mind re-freeze); that's totally unsafe.

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