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May 9, 2014 07:06 AM

Defrosting cooked ground turkey

A month ago, I cooked up a batch of ground turkey (taco night!) and froze it. I recently defrosted it overnight in the fridge, but we only warmed up half ot it for dinner. Any thoughts on re-freezing the remainder (which never left the fridge or hit a pan after being defrosted) so I can squeeze another meal out of it down the line? I am well aware that freezing/defrosting/re-freezing is not a particularly good idea with raw meat, but I feel like this shouldn't be an issue with taste or bacteria, etc. in this case. Thx!

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  1. I do it all the time. YMMV.

    1. Not a problem. With ground meat you're not even dealing with a textural change...that already happened :)

      1. Might be more likely to lose a LITTLE flavor due to ice crystals forming again, but there's certainly no safety issue. I'd make a point of using it up before the end of June. Ground turkey doesn't have much flavor to begin with, and the longer meat is frozen, the more flavor is lost.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Did you mean cooked ground meat? We grind 10 or so #s of various meats at a time, formed into patties, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. Two or more months later they're just as good IME.