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Is It Safe to Refreeze Food?

Posted by | March 30, 2011

Have you wondered if it was safe to re-freeze food? The answer is, it depends.

  • If you lose power in your freezer or accidentally leave the door open overnight, you can re-freeze the contents if there are still ice crystals in the food or you use a thermometer and find that the food temperature is 40 degrees F or below. All food that has been above 40 degree F for more than 2 hours should be discarded.
  • It’s also safe to re-freeze food that has been thawed in the refrigerator. It isn’t necessary to cook the raw food before re-freezing, but there may changes in the quality of the food with re-freezing and thawing.
  • However, food thawed in the microwave or in cool water should be cooked prior to re-freezing.