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Power Outage - Question Re:Re-Freeze

Tony_TTony_T Posts: 290
OK, so my power is out and no telling how long it will take to get service back.
I'm putting ice in the Freezer to keep things cold, but looks like my Prime Strips, Salmon and Swordfish will start to de-frost.
Will it be ok if these items re-freeze?

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  • Killit_and_GrillitKillit_and_Grillit Posts: 3,995
    Cold thawing is safer. But if they get all the way thawed I would be skeptical on the fish. 

    My freezer “froze” up last year and I ended up hosting an impromptu block party on a Sunday. 

    Definitely put them in the middle of the cooler and back as cold as you can around them. That sucks. 

    Might be cheaper to go go buy a small generator just for the freezer. 

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

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  • Brisket_FanaticBrisket_Fanatic Posts: 2,693
    From a safety standpoint yes they will be fine as long as you keep it under 40 degrees. From a quality standpoint it will suffer a little but I would not worry about it. Just start planning your meals based on what's in the freezer. The issue is the ice crystals that will form when frozen and refrozen will tear the muscle fibers resulting in a greater loss of moisture. 

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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,406
    Tony_T said:
    OK, so my power is out and no telling how long it will take to get service back.
    I'm putting ice in the Freezer to keep things cold, but looks like my Prime Strips, Salmon and Swordfish will start to de-frost.
    Will it be ok if these items re-freeze?
    Any chance your neighbor has power?
    A good thick extension cord could be a game changer.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Tony_TTony_T Posts: 290
    edited May 16
    The entire county (and surrounding counties) is without power!
    Some houses with generators, but not near me and not anyone I know.
    (This is a vacation house — I've gone back to the main house and will return in a day or so).

    I can (hopefully) keep the food < 40°, and when power is restored, I'll re-freeze, otherwise I'll be cooking up a Prime Cosco cryo with sides of Salmon and Swordfish ;)
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,252
    It's ok to refreeze but as stated above quality will be less. I learned this from a Chef in the food safety business that worked for a company teaching the food industry food safety.

    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

    Okeechobee FL. Winter

    West Jefferson NC Summer

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 6,085
    Safety-wise, it takes pathogens some time, a couple of hours, after the food comes up above frozen for them to become active. Below 40F, the standard is about 7 days before uncooked food is likely to be a hazard.

    I've refrozen meats many times, and as above, the ice crystals tear up the flesh. Edible, but not very good. Never tried w. fish, and have to suppose the flesh is much more likely to turn to mush.

    'Spose you could get all primitive, and rub the meat w. salt, and put it over a smokey fire, and dry it. What folks did for many centuries rather than starve.
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,664
    Tony_T said:
    The entire county (and surrounding counties) is without power!
    Some houses with generators, but not near me and not anyone I know.
    (This is a vacation house — I've gone back to the main house and will return in a day or so).

    I can (hopefully) keep the food < 40°, and when power is restored, I'll re-freeze, otherwise I'll be cooking up a Prime Cosco cryo with sides of Salmon and Swordfish ;)
    I’d cook ‘em and eat ‘em. 
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  • Tony_TTony_T Posts: 290
    edited May 16
    I just got a text from my utility that my power has been restored.
    About 24 hours w/o power, so i don't think it defrosted. IIRC, freezer will maintain temp for 24hrs and I also added ice to help. (not there to check temp)
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