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Refreezing meat after it's been cooked?

Addisonchef Jan 29, 2007 05:16 AM

Hi all,

Hoping you can help me out. This is always something that brings up a questionmark for me. I defrosted some meat to make a meatloaf last night. Can I now freeze (or refreeze) the meatloaf? Or should I just eat it up?

Thanking you all in advance!

  1. hotoynoodle Jan 29, 2007 05:21 AM

    you can definitely freeze it. you'll lose some moisture content, but add a bit of extra sauce when re-heating and it will be ok.

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      cackalackie Jan 29, 2007 05:35 AM

      As long as you cook the meat that you de-frost, you can re-freeze it.

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        elefky Jan 29, 2007 05:45 AM

        After it's cooked, it isn't refreezing. You're freezing a new item for the first time. I always cook larger amounts so that I can freeze future meals. It takes about the same time to prepare meat loaf for 3-4 dinners as for 1. Wrap or put in containers for 2-3 separate dinners. Same with chicken or sauces or soups. Take it out of the freezer the night before and dinner is almost ready when you come home from work the next evening.

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          akk Jan 29, 2007 06:51 AM

          Whenever I make meatloaf, I make three and then freeze two already-cooked loaves. I use disposable aluminum loaf pans (with corners slit for draining grease) and I freeze them in the disposables, which works out well.

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            Addisonchef Jan 29, 2007 09:00 AM

            Awesome! Thank you everyone, I learned something new today! :-))

            1. FoodFuser Jan 29, 2007 02:30 PM

              Cooked meatloaf also freezes and comes back well if frozen in individual slices, which can be MW'd in 90 seconds. Slice 1/2" if wanting for a sandwich, which can be sent in a lunchbag for work frozen, or thicker for plate service.. Freeze each slice in individual fold-close bags, all of which enter a single ziploc. Trying to freeze them all by separating slices with a single sheet of wax paper/plastic wrap has trouble with the rough surface; bag or wrap individually.

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