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Old 02-26-2007, 11:23 AM   #11
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Maybe it's an "urban legend"
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:53 PM   #12
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The key here is the OP is asking about putting frozen chicken BACK in the freezer. If the product you want to put back in the freezer still has ice crystals on it it's probably ok. I've done this many times successfully.
I agree, if the meat still has ice crystals on it it can go back in, but then again, if it still has ice crystals on it - it really isn't defrosted......
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:24 PM   #13
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Quadlex - the information I posted was from a U.S. Department of Agriculture food service bulletin ... a similar discussion came up 3-4 months ago and that's when I found that information, after 2-3 hours of searching and reading.

As for the microwave defrosting ... if I can find that FSB again there is research cited that cover this - and I don't remember enough "exactly" to try to paraphrase what they said.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:12 AM   #14
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Personally I wouldn't risk re freezing anything that had been thawed. With chicken because of salmonella risk and with anything else because of spores it may have collected while unfrozen.
Frozen food this is a UK link but the same principles apply to all food.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:41 AM   #15
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As someone who has lived in areas where we lost electricity for extended periods of time, I always err on the side of safety and cook meat before re-freezing it. I make soups and stews from meat that has more than partially thawed.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:12 AM   #16
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The key here is the OP is asking about putting frozen chicken BACK in the freezer. If the product you want to put back in the freezer still has ice crystals on it it's probably ok. I've done this many times successfully.
Actually, I think the OP may have goofed in his or her post because the subject line differs from the post itself:

Is it ok to refreeze thawed chicken?
As the title says i'm curious if it is o.k. to refreeze unthawed chicken?/

I imagine, as you said, that there's not a problem refreezing "unthawed" chicken, but I would not refreeze chicken that has thoroughly thawed.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:39 AM   #17
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Suzy, the title was edited by me as you can't refreeze "unthawed" chicken. Its one of those very common errors folks make. The OP was pretty clear otherwise about what they wanted info on. Just the wording was a bit off.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:48 AM   #18
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cook before "re"freezing for the sake of taste and texture if nothing else. BUt the bottom lilne is, how was it thawed and how warm did it get? stew pot pie soup chili wraps sandwiches salad spread whatever...its good eats
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:01 PM   #19
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Suzy, the title was edited by me as you can't refreeze "unthawed" chicken. Its one of those very common errors folks make. The OP was pretty clear otherwise about what they wanted info on. Just the wording was a bit off.
Ah. Well, I am in good company in my confusion :

The key here is the OP is asking about putting frozen chicken BACK in the freezer. If the product you want to put back in the freezer still has ice crystals on it it's probably ok. I've done this many times successfully.
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:25 PM   #20
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I think most fresh boneless chicken breasts that are in the meat case have already been frozen once. When I bring my chicken home I immediately wash and trim it and then repackage it for freezing. Many, many times I notice that my chicken is 1/2 to 3/4 frozen when I open the package and start the process of washing/trimming.
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