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ChrisinNJ
08-18-2011, 08:09 PM
I bought a 7lb package of ground beef & browned all of it with onions, then froze it in 1.25-1.5lb packages. I pulled a pack out today & made tomato sauce with the fresh tomatoes from my garden. There is so much left over, I am wondering if I can freeze it. Or is that a bad idea because the ground beef was previously cooked & frozen??? I dont want it to go to waste. If I have to, I will serve it again on Saturday.

Christine

becpee
08-18-2011, 08:11 PM
Definately not :(

Make a lasagna for dinner

pixiewings71
08-18-2011, 08:16 PM
So, you froze the meat, cooked the meat, made pasta sauce with the meat and now you want to freeze the leftover pasta sauce......ummmmm I do this all the time and have NEVER had any issues at all. So yes, IMO you can do this.

thebeesknees
08-18-2011, 08:24 PM
I wouldn't. Could you make a beef and vegetable soup out of it? Or taco filling, tamale pie, etc.? I guess I'd just rather be safe than sorry.

Darcy03231
08-18-2011, 09:02 PM
I do that all the time and have never had an issue.

beansmom
08-18-2011, 09:02 PM
i wouldn't think twice about it. It is cooked and should be perfect fine to freeze...don't we all freeze spaghetti sauce or lasagna?

seashoreCM
08-18-2011, 09:09 PM
From this point I say freeze it again no more than once. Break it into portions first so you can thaw just one part at a time.

If in the future you forget to portion out the food (any kind, not just meat) and freeze it all in one lump sum, keep it frozen and cut off portions using a saw or an axe or a cold chisel (not a wood chisel). Then you don't have to thaw the whole thing.

ChrisinNJ
08-18-2011, 09:16 PM
I have taken frozen meat, cooked it, and then re-froze it cooked. My concern is that I had browned it first, then froze it, then defrosted it & cooked it in sauce. It is different this time because I cooked it before I froze it & then cooked it again.

It wasn't a huge portion (1.5lbs for 5 of us) so wasn't expecting so much leftover, but my DD didn't like it & my ds stuffed himself with garlic bread & didn't have much room for pasta & sauce.

I think I'll just make a lasagne or baked ziti tomorrow & finish it up.

Better safe than sorry.....

Thanks

mousebymarriage
08-19-2011, 12:29 AM
So, you froze the meat, cooked the meat, made pasta sauce with the meat and now you want to freeze the leftover pasta sauce......ummmmm I do this all the time and have NEVER had any issues at all. So yes, IMO you can do this.

me too! actually I never gave it a second thought ...until now.

MineMail
08-19-2011, 12:52 AM
It won't make anyone sick, but the texture won't be so great when you defrost it in the future. The lasagna idea is great. (Now I want lasagna...)

GoofyMomInOhio
08-19-2011, 06:50 AM
I work in the Food Service industry and as long as the meat/sauce combo is properly cooled before freezing, it is safe to refreeze.

Alexander
08-19-2011, 08:24 AM
If the meat has already been frozen once in the cooked state, I wouldn't refreeze it again. It would probably be okay, but I wouldn't do it.

labdogs42
08-19-2011, 08:29 AM
I work in the Food Service industry and as long as the meat/sauce combo is properly cooled before freezing, it is safe to refreeze.


Me, too. And, I'd be fine with re-freezing.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_freezing/index.asp

girli565
08-19-2011, 08:58 AM
If you defrosted it properly (it never got to room temp/warm or in the fridge) then it should be fine. I do that all the time. I made a huge pot of Beef Bourguignon from frozen meat and then froze it again once it was done so we could have a meal another night.

daughtersrus
08-19-2011, 08:59 AM
I work in the Food Service industry and as long as the meat/sauce combo is properly cooled before freezing, it is safe to refreeze.
:confused3
How do you properly cool something? I thought that I read a few years ago not to let food cool before putting it in the fridge or freezer?

csharpwv
08-19-2011, 09:04 AM
Freezing raw meat, and freezing frozen meat are totally different.

Just because you've done one, doesn't mean that you can't do the other.

The meat was frozen raw, cooked to the proper temperature to kill bacteria, and now it can be re-frozen as cooked meat.

One biggie is COOKED TO THE PROPER TEMPERATURE!

You should NEVER freeze partially cooked meat in a regular home freezer. If you had a commercial flash freezer that is different, but the average home freezer is not capable of freezing meat fast enough to stall bacteria growth and inhibit it from 'invading'.

When in doubt, test it on someone you don't like! :lmao:

ilovemk76
08-19-2011, 09:30 AM
So, you froze the meat, cooked the meat, made pasta sauce with the meat and now you want to freeze the leftover pasta sauce......ummmmm I do this all the time and have NEVER had any issues at all. So yes, IMO you can do this.

Your order is wrong.

She cooked the meat, froze it, thawed it and then make pasta sauce. She can't refreeze the sauce or the meat.

If she froze the meat raw, thawed it, cooked it and make pasta sauce then she could have froze the sauce and cooked meat.

mombrontrent
08-19-2011, 09:31 AM
Here's my take on it, if it's cold in your fridege now and you are going to cook something with it on Sat (pasta, lasagna ect.) What is the difference if you freeze it and then cook something with it in the future. It's just going to get colder in the freezer, either way you will be cooking it and eating it one more time. This has always been my take on it.

labdogs42
08-19-2011, 10:45 AM
There is no food safety risk to freezing the sauce you made with the previously cooked and frozen meat. The only problem might be one of texture, but since it is cooked ground beef, that shouldn't be an issue. The texture won't change much.

timmac
08-19-2011, 12:58 PM
Just want to add a +1 to posters who have pointed out (correctly) that re-freezing presents no substantial food safety risk. When you reheat it next though, do be sure to heat is sufficiently (e.g. over 145 minimum internal temperature)

Since it's ground beef, texture isn't likely a huge issue. However, in general, that would be my biggest concern, more than safety.

mdrob214
08-19-2011, 02:16 PM
Your order is wrong.

She cooked the meat, froze it, thawed it and then make pasta sauce. She can't refreeze the sauce or the meat.

If she froze the meat raw, thawed it, cooked it and make pasta sauce then she could have froze the sauce and cooked meat.

You can re-freeze cooked items, you can't refreeze meat that has not been cooked. It won't hurt.

bpesch
08-19-2011, 02:54 PM
Since you've cooked the meat in a pasta sauce there is absolutely no problem with refreezing it.

Free4Life11
08-19-2011, 03:45 PM
I'm confused...someone please explain why you can't "re-freeze" thawed meat. Unless you are not cooking to the right temperature, what is the issue?

timmac
08-19-2011, 03:49 PM
I'm confused...someone please explain why you can't "re-freeze" thawed meat. Unless you are not cooking to the right temperature, what is the issue?

In general, assuming you're going to cook it sufficiently once you do finally cook it, there technically isn't a reason why you can't do this.

*however* you may have issues with quality of the meat from doing the thaw and refreezing cycle.

hugabearjo
08-21-2011, 10:29 PM
I do this all the time..... we are alive and well..... Hope this helps......

TaraPA
08-22-2011, 10:15 AM
I've done all scenarios mentioned on this thread & have never had any issues.

hygienejean
08-22-2011, 02:13 PM
I do it all the time... It should be just fine.:goodvibes

Eeyore98
08-23-2011, 01:03 AM
There is no food safety risk to freezing the sauce you made with the previously cooked and frozen meat. The only problem might be one of texture, but since it is cooked ground beef, that shouldn't be an issue. The texture won't change much.

Agree with this completely. :thumbsup2

ruadisneyfan2
08-23-2011, 06:28 AM
This is funny. I was always taught to never re-freeze food. When we explained this to our kids, they asked why & we really didn't have an answer except that mom-mom said so. :lmao:

seashoreCM
08-23-2011, 07:11 AM
You should NEVER freeze partially cooked meat in a regular home freezer. If you had a commercial flash freezer that is different, but the average home freezer is not capable of freezing meat fast enough to stall bacteria growth and inhibit it from 'invading'.:
The same would be true of meat that happened to attain room temperature at any time since you bought it even if not partially cooked.

The alternative to freezing is putting it in the "regular fridge". Even though a home freezer can[t freeze the meat fast enough, it is still faster than the "regular fridge".

The meat should be eaten quite promptly such as in the next day or two and in that case it is not worth losing quality going through freezing.

tinkermom23
08-23-2011, 09:13 AM
I was taught that I could safely freeze things 1x in each form.

SO, if I buy RAW, FROZEN meat, it's been frozen in the raw form and I will need to keep it frozen or cook it. I cannot thaw raw meat, then refreeze again raw.

If I thaw that meat and cook it, I can then freeze it because it hasn't been frozen in it's cooked form.

If I cook it, freeze it (plain, w/ sauce,or in hotdish) then I thaw it, I cannot refreeze it since the meat has already been frozen at one point in it's cooked form.

Not sure if it's correct, just what we do and we're all fine....:thumbsup2