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Weighing frozen food

Dirtywextraolives Aug 4, 2012 06:25 PM

Does anyone know whether weighing something frozen gives you accurate results, as in, the same weight if it were not frozen? I am specifically talking about meat. Thanks!

  1. ipsedixit Aug 4, 2012 09:17 PM


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      Dirtywextraolives Aug 5, 2012 02:22 PM

      So if I weigh a package of chic thighs frozen, it will roughly weigh the same thawed?

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
        ipsedixit Aug 5, 2012 03:16 PM

        If the meat is sealed (as it should be) when frozen, and left that way when it thaws, there will be no change of mass.

        Frozen meat weighs more than unfrozen meat only to the extent that during the freezing process water has condensed and frozen on its surface. The meat itself and the water it contains weigh the same.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Dirtywextraolives Aug 5, 2012 04:43 PM

          That's what I figured but was not sure. Thank you.

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      ferret Aug 5, 2012 09:01 AM

      Are you asking if a pound of ice weighs the same as a pound of water?

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        Dirtywextraolives Aug 5, 2012 02:22 PM


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        Oboegal Aug 5, 2012 09:28 AM

        I'd like to know the same thing. I'm on weight watchers and always forget to weigh my meat after I've defrosted it in the microwave. Thanks!

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          redfish62 Aug 5, 2012 02:24 PM

          I always weigh when it is thawed because there is always some water in the bag, I think of it as "chicken juice" or "fish juice" or whatever.

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            Rick Aug 5, 2012 04:53 PM

            It's sort of like asking what's heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?

            1. Karl S Aug 5, 2012 05:05 PM

              Notionally, it should be almost equal. However: to the extent water vapor in the air has been trapped and frozen in the packaging, and/or the frozen items leach water when thawed, the drained thawed weight would be less to some degree. This potential variation increases with the volume involved.

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