Freezing Hot Dogs

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When buying hot dogs, open the package put all the wieners on a cookie sheet, then freeze them. Once they are frozen put them in a freezer bag. Then when you want one or two, they will already be separated.

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September 4, 2010

Can you refreeze hot dogs?

By sharon from Brantford, ON


September 7, 20100 found this helpful

It depends on how long they've already been thawed. If it was only a day or two and they were thawed in the refrigerator it would be safe but I don't know what it would do to the flavor.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

I have always heard to never refreeze thawed food. You can cook them then refreeze.

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

Meat that has been thawed in the refrigerator can be safely refrozen within a couple of days.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

Hot dogs are not raw, they are there same thing essentially as bologna. No need to cook something that's not raw.

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July 17, 2016

Can I freeze frankfurters in the packaging they come in? Or, will the packaging split?
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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

Ice expands so, depending upon what the frankfurters are made of, they might expand enough to split the packaging. I would use freezer bags to avoid the problem.

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August 5, 20170 found this helpful

I have frozen them in the package with no problem. I like to separate them into 4 wieners and freeze together so I don't have to thaw a whole package.

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August 5, 20190 found this helpful

Do you just use a freezer slider bag to freeze the smaller number of hot dogs? TY

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October 6, 20190 found this helpful

Yes. Just squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can before zipping close each time.

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January 28, 2015

Can you refreeze deer hot dogs that were defrosted outside of the refrigator for a day?

By Ronnie P.


January 29, 20150 found this helpful

No. Only refreeze meat which still has ice crystals in it.

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January 29, 20150 found this helpful

I never, personally, refreeze meat of any kind.

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September 4, 2010

Can I refreeze hot dogs which have been defrosted by soaking in hot water?

Kerry from Natick, MA


Refreezing Hot Dogs

As far as safety, I'd say it depends on how long they sat in the hot water and how much bacteria collected in that time. If it were me, I'd only risk it if they were defrosted for less than an hour, and they probably won't taste the same anyway. They may have freezer burn after refreezing.


My mom worked in the main office of Safeway in the meat department back in the 80s and answered questions from people calling about refreezing meat all the time. It's not true that once meat has been defrosted that it can't be refrozen. It usually can if it hasn't been defrosted for very long. (12/30/2008)

By Cyinda

Refreezing Hot Dogs

I wouldn't trust anything defrosted with out cooking it first. Then refreeze it. It's not worth getting sick over! (01/05/2009)

By Shawn

Refreezing Hot Dogs

No, not unless you want to take a chance on being sick. (01/05/2009)

By Jane

Refreezing Hot Dogs

I'm not dead yet! Once something is thawed, whatever degree of bacteria that grew is the degree that it would have when it was re-frozen. If it was done shortly afterward, I've never had a problem. They are full of nitrates and wouldn't go bad as quickly as fresh meat. (01/06/2009)


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