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Old 04-28-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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Refreezing cooked veggies - safe to eat?

I cooked brown rice with frozen mixed veggies today. I put them in the freezer in small portions. I forgot that I shouldn't refreeze food. Is it safe to eat it?


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Old 04-28-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Unless foods have been left out at room temperatures for too long, refreezing is not an unsafe practice.

Assuming the rice and veggies were safe when cooked, then promptly frozen after the meal, they will be fine.

The rule to not refreeze food is more a matter of changing the texture of the food rather than making it unsafe. The veggies could be a little mushy when defrosted and reheated.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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should be safe
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:16 PM   #5
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Try searching google for food safety guidelines and refreezing. You may find a more definite answer that way.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:06 PM   #6
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Basically - what Andy M. said is about as definitive as it gets. As long as the vegetables were handled properly (cooking from frozen or properly thawed and then cooled and refrozen in a timely manner) then there should be no safety issue.

The more times a food is thawed, cooked/heated and refrozen the more it will suffer from a loss of texture and nutrition.
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Old 05-25-2009, 12:03 PM   #7
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Oh my goodness. I hope it's safe because I do this all.the.time. However, I don't refreeze the same veggies over and over again (just once after the initial freezing) because I have found that it starts to taste like cardboard.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:09 PM   #8
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Two questions you have to ask:
  1. How long was it left out?
  2. How long do you intend to keep it in the freezer?
Another thing that a lot of people don't know, is that cooked rice can pose a serious food poisoning threat.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:15 PM   #9
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While you shouldn't refreeze raw food that's been unfrozen, there's no problem with refreezing previously frozen food that's been fully cooked, provided it's been handled safely after cooking.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:49 PM   #10
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We have a large freezer container where small amounts of left over vegetables (sometimes meat) and a little of the cooking liquid is stored..beans, peas, corn, whatever..In time the container is full...When it's soup making time...In da pot it goes!!!

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