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Refreezing Thawed Foods: Food Safety Question #1:

Refreezing Thawed Foods - BagelQuestion:


I am buying fresh bagels Wednesday, freezing them after they cool then taking them in the car Thursday but not serving them until Saturday.

Even in a cooler they will probably thaw a little. Can I refreeze them? 

Dee Dee


Yes, you can refreeze bagels that have thawed slightly. You can even refreeze bagels that have been thawed and held above 40°F for more than two hours.

As a rule of thumb, thawed or partially thawed food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is kept at 40°F or below. Partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will be safe to eat.

Meat, poultry, seafood and dairy should be discarded if it sits at over 40°F for more than two hours (only one hour if the temperature is over 90°F). You should be more cautious when handling these food items.

Food Safety Note: Discard any items that have come into contact with raw meat or poultry juices.

Use this chart as a guide:

refreezing thawed foods


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