If you freeze meat raw, thaw in the fridge, cook, freeze again and then thaw....

Asked October 11, 2016, 4:10 PM EDT

If you freeze meat raw, thaw in the fridge, cook, freeze again and then thaw. Serve and freeze left overs. Is the 3rd freezing detrimental to the nutrients and flavor of the meat?

Harrison County Ohio freezing food

1 Response

Thank you for your question.

The quick answer to your question is no and yes . . . every time you freeze a food, whether a piece of raw meat or a leftover casserole, you are altering the structure of the food and the thawed end result will be slightly different from the original. From a nutritional standpoint, the nutrients in the food are not significantly altered by freezing.

You are more likely yo notice texture and moisture changes in meats that have been repeatedly frozen and thawed.