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Mar 27, 2011 06:09 AM

refreezing uncooked chicken

Hi. I bought a large package of chicken at the store 2 days ago, expecting to cook a big meal with it today. I wasn't expecting the flu to hit the house over the weekend, with the result that nobody has an appetite. I know this product comes into the store frozen, it was semi frozen when I bought it and continued to defrost in my fridge. I've seen mention that the USDA says it's ok to refreeze, but some have said that the quality of the chicken isn't as good after refreezing but still is ok to use.

Long question short, has anybody done this and what were your results?


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  1. Yes, I have done this. As long as it was properly handled, and it sounds like it was, it is "safe" to eat.
    I do believe the quality suffers somewhat, but my experience has been, not to the point of not being usable/good...I would suggest as soon as everybody is well...thaw it, and proceed with your recipe.

    1. I have had similar experiences where I thawed the chicken out and then we didn't use it that day. I have just repacked it, usually after rinsing in cold water, and re-frozen it with some success. It is my understanding that that reduces the life of the chicken - I just make sure I use it sooner rather than later.

      1. I'm a pretty reckless freezer, so I do this all the time, forget about it for months, then repeat. Haven't had a problem or noticed a difference really.

        1. I would be more likely to cook the chicken in some easy way like baking simply in the oven or poaching. Throw some onion and carrot into the pot along with the water, and you'd also have some nice chicken soup.

          1. yes it's okay to re-freeze. it does compromise the texture somewhat because the moisture level changes with all those different temperature levels, causing the meat tissues to expand & contract. when you do finally use it, i'd suggest a stewed or poached preparation as opposed to dry-heat cooking like grilling or baking.