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Old 07-26-2009, 08:33 PM
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just came home from being away for a few day's.some how the freezer door was left cracked open.most everything was defrosted but still very cold and some not all the way thawed out.My question is refreeze,cook,or throw it away?where talking about steaks,a 100 lbs of fish,25 lbs of chicken and 50 or so lbs of scallops.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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Tommy I am not the best one to ask. However, we have 4 kids and I don't know how many times I have come home to have the deep freeze left open from the kids getting popsicles or ice cream. We have a stand up type which loses cold quickly. I just shut the door, chastise the kids and go about things. We have the same sort of food in our freezer. I would not lose sleep over it. I would cook the more thawed out items and refreeze the rest.

By the way, what are you doing with 25 pounds of chicken? Also, if you decide to throw the scallops out, can I pick them up from you?
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One more comment. Food borne pathogens are killed at very low temps. So if you are heating/cooking the food, the risk of sickness is normally not an issue. If you are cooking the food thoroughly, the concern would be more focused on food quality.
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I had that happen one time years ago, my freezer had a lot of fish, venison and a couple of ducks to be mounted. I just filled up a 2 trash cans and took it to the dump. Some of the stuff in the back and bottom was still frozen but was not worth the chance to me.

Also I am a little quick to throw things out, I honestly have ZERO sense of smell and can not tell if something is ruined. Kids and Admiral will check things for me I get out of the frig all the time when it looks "funny" to me
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Just re-freeze it! It will be fine. The worst that is going to happen is the meat will loose a bit of it's moisture and ever so slightly it's tenderness. By the time most meats/ fish reaches your dinner table it has been re-frozen several times.
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Don't worry about it, those chickens were probably frozen and thawed before you got them. It's more of a quality issue than safety.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
By the time most meats/ fish reaches your dinner table it has been re-frozen several times.
Good point, you might be surprised how old some of the meat is by the time you eat it. When I worked in a pork slaughterhouse some of the carcasses would hang in cold storage for quite along time before being cut up and shipped off to be frozen and maybe thawed and refrozen before being sold at the retail level.
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i'm going to refreeze some,cook some and get rid of the rest.the scallops are mainly what I am concerned about was the scallops.shellfish scare me.I have about 50 or 60 pounds of scallops.lots of work to get and clean them
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I have had food poisoning from tainted food. Real nasty, would have been better off just dying. First time was from Lobster. Second time from those California pistachio nuts that had e. coli and were recalled a few months ago. The "nut case" was really, really bad, I gave the keys for the gun vault to the neighbor so I would not put a bullet in my brain. Lasted for several days. I will never eat a pistachio nut again.

Me, I would toss it all. Health specialists say never refreeze, especially fish and chicken. Those scallops and the fish are real suspect to me.
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Suggest you hang bells on your freezer door handle.
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I've heard this question asked before. The answer was that frozen foods can thaw to refrigerator temps and be re-frozen without any negative effects what so ever.
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I think you are okay from a safety standpoint, but I would cook up all of the scallops tonight and invite the neighborhood over.

If the meat, especially the fish, has thawed, it will lose much of it's texture and flavor through re-freezing (unless you can flash freeze it). That means you will have to dump some extra seasoning on it and have a couple more beers before chowing down.

I don't think there is any system known to mankind that will get children (even grown ones in college!!!) to close the fridge/freezer door properly.


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Sounds like Tommy should invite us all over for a scallop feast before they go bad. Who's bringing the beer?
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I'll bring the Puro Cubanos.


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Okay, don't forget to bring some of those lime drinks. I can bring the bells for the freezer door.
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:23 PM
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I wish you guy's where close by,I have a ton of food cooking and a ton more to cook.the scallops is what really pisses me off as there a bitch to get,clean and put up and I just did have enough to last all year.now it's back to the drawing board.
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Originally Posted by tommyr904 View Post
I wish you guy's where close by,I have a ton of food cooking and a ton more to cook.the scallops is what really pisses me off as there a bitch to get,clean and put up and I just did have enough to last all year.now it's back to the drawing board.
A nice pic will do.


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here is what I am going to cook in a little while,after I get done with the grill.I gave twice this many away today and 2 people allready cooked and ate them so i'm good to go


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Jack up the front of the freezer so the door has to close. Put a stop so the door can't open far enogh to swing open and stay open. You will have to hold the door open when you are in the freezer but it won't get left open.
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