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November 28, 2017

If you defrost roasted beef then add to a cold freshly made curry sauce can you refreeze it and use at a later date?


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November 28, 20170 found this helpful
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You can do this. I have done this before and it works ok, but you do lose flavor and texture as someone else said. I found that the meat gets a lot softer with a second freezing after its cooked and loses some flavor also.

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April 5, 2019

Once you have thawed meat out and cooked it can it be refrozen?


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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

Yes. Since you cooked it it can be frozen again.

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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, just make sure it cools down before you wrap it and pop it in the freezer

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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

I never do it, but it is OK to (safe, just to me icky). I think it tastes bad when it is defrosted the second time.

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April 8, 20190 found this helpful

My thoughts:
It is safe if fully cooked, cooled down completely (safely), and wrapped well before freezing.
I would recommend dating the package and use in a short period of time.

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I also believe most foods will lose some of their flavor over time or many times pick up another flavor that did not seem present when first cooked.

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March 12, 2011

How many times can I refreeze meat after cooking?

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would say only once, after that the taste will suffer greatly.

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

While freezing meat effectively arrests bacterial growth, the thawing processif done incorrectlycan allow new bacteria to grow, thereby contaminating your food. For this reason, it is important to only use one of three safe approaches (as recommended by the USDA) to defrost your chicken: 1) in the refrigerator, 2) in cold water, or 3) in the microwave....www.howtodefrostchicken.com/

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I recently purchased a smoked Boston butt right off the grill. I froze it. We thawed it and heated it for company, but had a large amount left.

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