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Old 10-03-2012, 06:28 PM
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can you refreeze?

Having a bit of a discussion with a friend where her dog is taking ages to eat a trotter...can she refreeze it and defrost for another time?

I remember reading on here about refreezing things several times but cant remember where i saw it
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Re: can you refreeze?

Yes, it's absolutely fine to freeze and refreeze.
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Re: can you refreeze?

My rule of thumb is I wouldn't defrost meat fully then refreeze it without cooking it first. I wouldn't be any different for my pets.

I don't know the answer for pets, I wouldn't.
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Re: can you refreeze?

I often defrost and refreeze - have to, to portion up the pet mince, ox hearts etc when they are already frozen. Never had a problem.
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Re: can you refreeze?

I too defrost and refreeze with no issues
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Re: can you refreeze?

thanks guys,i thought it was as my dog is small so i have to defrost the minces,hearts etc to portion them up ,my friend has 2 Dally's so has never had to defrost and freeze so wasnt sure
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Re: can you refreeze?

yep i do it all the times, sometimes many times on the same thing!
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Re: can you refreeze?

As for giving a trotter to a dog remember that once the dog starts eating it the bacteria etc from the dog's mouth/floor will start working on the trotter so if you put it aside in the fridge/freezer there will still be bacterial action while stored.

Use a cleaver to cut up large joints and only serve a portion suitable for your dog.

Cutting a trotter in half vertically is not so hard using a cleaver and a hammer to effect the cut.
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Re: can you refreeze?

Not sure I would let my dog chew on something and then refreeze it. But that is just personal preference. I would rather stick a cleaver through it when defrosted and give a smaller portion and refreeze the other part.

However it's probably not any different to defrosting and refreezing normally as the outside of meat is covered in bacteria anyway.

I don't treat dog food the same way as meat for human consumption, I wouldn't eat horse poo or grass either
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Re: can you refreeze?

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Having a bit of a discussion with a friend where her dog is taking ages to eat a trotter...can she refreeze it and defrost for another time?

I remember reading on here about refreezing things several times but cant remember where i saw it
I have always been taught never to refreeze raw meat once defrosted as freezing doesnt actually kill off bacteria, just puts them in a suspended state. Once defrosted and especially when at room temperature the bacteria quickly starts to multipy again. If its any help I checked to see what was up to date info regardding this, as said it was just something I was always taught.

This is from a US Department of agriculture Food safety and inspection service says
Refreezing
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 F.

As it just says if thawed in a refridgarator its OK to refreeze which makes sense as the bacteria if you fridge is at the right temperature will keep the bacteria under some control. However by the time it has been out at room temperature and picked up more bacteria still from the dogs mouth floors etc, personally I wouldnt like to chance it.
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