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Oct 31, 2005 02:11 PM

Chicken Soup, Safe to Eat?

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I had some of mom's homemade chicken soup given to me and it was frozen. Then it was transported and completly thawed out in the car. Someone then placed it into my freezer where it has once again formed a frozen block. My question is can I safely eat this now? Cooked, frozen, thawed, frozen and noe going to have to be reheated once again. I want to be safe but also want to dig into the soup tonight.

Thanks for the advice in advance.

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  1. When you say "reheated" do you mean warm up or boil the heck out of? And when you say "thawed" do you mean ice melted but cold or came to room temp and melted the fat on the top?

    Being an adventurous sort, I'd be willing to boil the heck out of it [ie in a pan on top of the stove for some minutes], especially if it just thawed and didn't really warm up. But i'm not sure if I would serve it to guests. That said, you should also know that we are the sort of people that do put the raw egg in the congee etc, eat custard, store the eggs on the counter at room temp and engage in all manner of reckless behavior.

    What else is in it---may be another factor to consider.

    4 Replies
    1. re: jenn

      The questions have to do with the time during which it was thawed completely:

      1. How warm did it get (did it stay below 40F)?

      2. For how long was it above 40F, if at all?

      If you are not sure, toss it. Not worth the risk.

      1. re: Karl S.

        Hey now, you won't DIE from lightly spoiled chicken soup---just spend a bit of extra time in the john but that won't kill you. After all, the poster said it was MOM's chicken soup, not the left over stuff from the take away.

        Its just not right to toss Mom's homemade chicken soup.

        If it was about 40 degrees, I'd go for it.

        1. re: jenn

          Thank you everyone, I'm going to try it tonight & will report back (if able to do so).

      2. re: jenn

        Thawed as in was completly liquid or at least 90% liquid, but a cold liquid, never warm.
        I think I'll boil the hell out of it for a few minutes and give it a whirl. Why not, I'll stock up on some Ammodium (sp?) and toss the dice, it's worth it IMO.