Can raw beef that has been thawed be refrozen before cooking?
Most experts do not recommend refreezing meat that has thawed but there are some conditions under which it can be done with no harmful consequences. I've done it on occasion. I think the reason they flatly discourage it is because so many people would do it even when their handling of the meat is outside the parameters of safety so it's easier to just say "Don't do it". First, the meat MUST be kept cold, even if thawed, the entire time. If it's only partially thawed, that's better. If it's thawed, it should not have been left on the counter to thaw because it would not stay cold. The meat should be wrapped - either in foil, plastic wrap, or a plastic bag. In other words, meat that has been kept wrapped is less likely to be subject to more bacterial contamination than is safely overcome. Of course it should be discarded if there is any "off" odor. Do not ever refreeze any type of meat or poultry that has been thawed and has been at room temperature for a length of time. That's asking for problems. But if it's still cold, it will be okay to refreeze once. The times I've done this is when I have taken something out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator to thaw, then my husband might suggest going out to dinner or picking up something to bring home. I seldom turn down that kind of offer so that's when I've refrozen what I had thawed. I've never had a problem.
The above answer is absolutely correct in general, however it is considered acceptable to refreeze meats (poultry, beef, fish) as long as the meat was defrosted in the refrigerator. ie. Not out on the counter all day, or thawed by using warm water. See Related Links below for advice from the U.S.D.A.
Sometimes yes but some beef will give you food poisoning A different answer: If the beef was frozen then cooked, it may be safely frozen again. If the beef had been frozen after it was cooked, then thawed, it must be heated thoroughly before being frozen again, to ensure against any possible contamination. A rule of thumb: There must always be cooking between thawing and refreezing.
Can shipped beef that was frozen for shipment be refrozen if it has begun to defrost when delivered?
If it is still icy and contains ice crystals, it can be re-frozen. Hopefully, it was at least shipped with cold packs to keep the temp at 40°F or less. Actually, if it was fully thawed and was maintained at 40°F or less, it could still be refrozen, but multiple freeze-thaw cycles degrade the quality of meat.
Can thoroughly cooking beef kill any bacteria that may have been picked up from improper defrosting?
If it was handled and packaged properly, was safe before originally frozen, was thawed under refrigeration and re-frozen without allowing the thawed meat to become contaminiated or to go bad, it could be safe. It probably won't taste as good or might be drier and tougher than if it had not gone through an extra freeze-thaw cycle.
Putting meat through a cook-freeze-thaw-reheat-refreeze cycle isn't generally going to result in a quality product and could present some food safety issues. The only situation where this might work might be with cooked ground beef used in a sauce or chili - if all sanitation precautions are followed.
Preferably, thaw beef under refrigeration. For small cuts of meat - like a steak - plan on one day. For larger cuts, figure at least 24 hours for each 5 pounds. A colder refrigerator (~36 F) will take longer to defrost food than a warmer one (~41 F). Beef can also be thawed using the cold water method (impervious bag, submerse in cold water and change water every 30 minutes until thawed) or microwave (see…
COOKING FROZEN MEAT(BEEF) Cooking frozen meat takes longer too cook. if grilling pork or chicken you need to cook it longer and at lower temprature,to prevent over cooking(or burning)the meat. I Prefere to cook steak Streight out the freezer. the ice crystals inside the meat "burst" when cooking eliminating the need to tenderize the meat! and easier to get the perfectly MED,to med-rare steake! nice and guicy! YUMMMMMM! And cooking hamburger for sloppy joes,tacoes,hamber-helper just…
When determining how long thawed food will be good, you have to remember that decomposition will pick up from where it left off when the food was frozen. How long it took to freeze will have a bearing on it, too. If the ground beef was 3 days old when frozen, you might try cooking it from frozen. If it was freshly ground when frozen, the thawed meat will likely be good for 2 days…