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Feb 18, 2012 03:37 PM

freezing/thawing question

So before my husband throws out a perfectly good standing rib roast...I'd like to know if I've done something as dangerous as he claims I have. Early last Saturday I put a frozen roast into the fridge to begin thawing for Sunday dinner (I did anticipate needing some cold water baths to complete the process on Sunday). When I checked it on Sunday, however, it didn't seem to have defrosted at all so I decided to throw it back in the freezer and begin the defrosting process earlier some other time.

Well, my husband realized (inexplicably because he is usually oblivious to what goes on in the kitchen) what I did and has vowed to not eat it, sure that he and everyone else will get food poisoning. I swear it was still rock hard when I put it back in the freezer. There was no area that had softened at all. Am I endangering my family if I cook it in the future?

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  1. if it hadn't thawed then no you will not get everyone sick by serving it in the future. your husband is being paranoid.

    it would be comparable to driving the roast home from the store--still frozen, not yet thawed--then putting it in the freezer.

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    1. re: chrissy1988

      I think my husband couldn't believe that it hadn't thawed at all in over 24 hours in the fridge. I was a little surprised too. Anyway, now I know that it doesn't matter even if it did start to defrost.

      1. The rule about not refreezing isn't so nobody gets sick. It's because the quality will suffer with th repeated freeze-thaw cycle. And if yours never thawed, even that is moot.

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        1. re: CanadaGirl

          Actually I was pretty sure you were wrong in suggesting that it was only quality that was of concern and not safety but, before I mouthed off, I checked the USDA food safety website. I was shocked to find out that I was the one who was wrong. They say that, as long as the food was not out of the refridgerator, it is actually safe to refreeze even if it thawed completely. If it was out of the fridge for over two hours then it is not safe to refreeze and must be cooked before it is refrozen.

          Wow. I guess you shouldn't believe everything your mother told you. I do think, however, that the no refreezing rule is something that a lot of people believe to be true.

          Anyway, I am not the slightest bit concerned now and I will show my husband the USDA website (since he's not likely to believe anyone else). Thank you all!

          1. re: lisaud

            Agreed about many people believing it is dangerous. I too am sometimes surprised by how long meat takes to thaw in the fridge.