Originally Posted by brian4244
So I decided to cook meatloaf, but i forgot to make any holes and set the temperature and time wrong because I was tired. I took it out and set aside several portions to put in the freezer and then tried tasting some afterwards. Turns out it didn't cook in the middle at all, tasted almost like raw meat. Anyways usually I would just throw it away and not worry about it, but I cooked 4 pounds and this is my food for the entire week.
So my question is can take it out of the freezer later and put some on a plate and instead of just nuking it in the microwave to warm it up, is it safe to actually to try and recook it there? and if I can how long should I nuke it for? I'm not object to it tasting bad I just want it to be safe to eat.
Sorry for the lengthy description, all responses are appreciated.
Hi, Brian. Welcome to DC
We need some more information.
- What do you mean by making holes? I don't make holes in my meatloaf.
- At what temperature did you cook it and for how long?
- Was this one big 4-pound meatloaf, or several smaller ones? How many?
- How long was it out of the oven before you put it in the freezer?
If it wasn't cooked through and then sat out for a while, there's a high chance it could be contaminated. When you have a solid piece of meat, like a steak, any bacteria are on the surface and will be killed by cooking. However, when meat is ground, any bacteria will be distributed throughout the meat, so it must be cooked through in order to be safe.
I would probably throw it out. And buy a meat thermometer to make sure your food is cooked to the proper temperature. Hope this helps.