Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsOther - Science · 9 months ago

what does "do not refreeze once defrost/thaw" means?

so i was checking the back of the food packaging of my chicken nugget and it says to not refreeze once defrost. why though? does it have anything to do with microbial growth?

2 Answers

  • 9 months ago

    More to do with texture than microbial activity.

    Things can be refrozen as long as you are not fussy about the texture of the food. I would refreeze without hesitation. Far better than wasting it. Food that has been refrozen can always be used in soups, stews, sandwiches etc and you would never know the difference.

  • 9 months ago

    Once something is.frozen, depending on speed of freeze of course, moisture sacks within the object are weakened or broken. If you then thaw that object and refeeze it more sacks are broken and weakened. It is possible, especially with processed meat, to thaw and get back mush instead of a solid meat.

    Meat and veggies should not be refrozen. Fish you may have better luck with. Eggs? No way.

    Source(s): Good Eats by Alton Brown
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