Refreezing fish once cooked
Oct 30, 2010 3:31PM
I bought some fish the other day that had to be used by today. I have not had chance to use it yet so I have just put it in the freezer.
Once I have defrosted it, cooked it and used it in a receipe can it be refrozen again?
Oct 27, 2010 4:13PM
i wouldn't hesitate in doing so. Just dispose if it is slimey or really smelly when you defrost and make sure it is piping hot when you reheat from frozen xx
Oct 27, 2010 4:13PM
hi ya i brought some fish a few weeks back and froze it straight away and then made a fish pie and have re-frozen it again and i did it with macey too and she way fine so i would say yes xx
Oct 27, 2010 4:16PM
Thanks - its all so confusing!!!
Oct 27, 2010 4:20PM
dont want to burst your bubble but im an environmental health officer and you must never re freeze something that has already been frozen, too many opportunities as the food cools, freezes and reheats for bacteria to grow, also you must never reheat something twice
would hate anyone to get sick esp as i dont know if you have babies or are pregnant, im ttc but noticed your post on the main page xx
Oct 27, 2010 4:28PM
hmmmm, i understand that is the correct thing to do, however i do it all the time....... and i've never been ill. Surely it's down to common sense! I would never be able to make anything for the freezer if i couldn't refreeze.
All the same, it's good to know the official stance and i guess we should just be careful.......
I also make up bottles of milk and store them in the fridge........
But thanks chic, i didn't realise you weren't suposed to and will be extra careful in future
Oct 27, 2010 4:37PM
see thats what confuses me.
I know I couldn't defrost the fish and then refreeze it again but I thought once it had been cooked the properties had changed hence why it could be refrozen!?!
Oct 27, 2010 4:47PM
You can defrost food and refreeze it again once it's been cooked, cooking thoroughly destroys any bacteria.
[Modified by: Broodypants on October 27, 2010 09:47 PM]
[Modified by: Broodypants on October 27, 2010 09:48 PM]
Oct 27, 2010 4:51PM
thinking about it, i used to work for a major food manufacturer who would freeze meats/fish/dairy etc, then cook them up into the product, that was then sold frozen....... hmmm very confused.com
Oct 27, 2010 5:59PM
I think you can only refreeze frozen vegetables... dont think you're meant to do it with anything else - even if you make a chicken stock and freeze it you can't then defrost it, put it in a recipe and then freeze that...
Oct 28, 2010 6:10AM
Oooh, thanks for this! I made some of Adam's fish dinners with frozen fish and re-froze them. I think I'll bin them just in case x
Oct 28, 2010 3:30PM
did not mean to cause wide spread panic, lol, ill quickly cover a few of the basics
if you freeze meat or fish close to their use by date thats raw then you only have a rough 24 window to cook it in and kill any bacteria, always ensure you defrost overnight in the fridge as this is a controlled temp and lowers the amount of bacteria that can grow
never re freeze anything that has been previously frozen, cooked or raw.
most meals thay have been frozen previously will advise you on the packet whether they have been frozen before and will advise whether or not they can be frozen again
only ever reheat something once, dont reheat something, let it cool and then reheat the left overs the next day
if you want to extend the shelf life of any product before you freeze it then cook it first and then freeze, defrost overnight in the fridge and then cook, this has to be eaten when cooked and not cooled down and reheated as it has already been cooked twice
its not the freezing thats the problem normally, its how its cooled and defrosted that cause the problems and when the bacteria multiply
always keep raw meat and fish at the bottom of the fridge away from any ready to eat foods
there is massive amount of info on the fsa website that gives great help and advice
90% of food poisoning comes from the home and mainly because of poor practices when people dont really realise what they are doing wrong
hope i have helped put a few things straight, no one wants sick mummies and babies!!
Oct 29, 2010 5:11PM
Thanks for that Chic. I have looked on the FSA website and it said you could refreeze previously frozen food once cooked:
'If you defrost raw meat or fish and then cook it thoroughly, you can freeze it again, but remember never reheat foods more than once'
Oct 30, 2010 3:31PM
thanks mrs calopa, thats grand in the home i expect but we dont recommend it for food businesses as too many controls would be needed at each stage to ensure the safety of food
glad you got the bit about only reheating once
safe eating xx
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