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Food safety question about meat thawing unwrapped and refreezing

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  • glitchy
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    Food safety question about meat thawing unwrapped and refreezing

    Long story short, I have a 19 lb hunk of beef thawing open in the fridge. Normally this would have stayed in cryovac, but I was foolishly thinking that I'd separate it frozen somehow and throw most of it back in freezer before it thawed. My guess is that I'll be at least 36 hours into this thing sitting open air in our kitchen refrigerator before I'm able to get it sectioned. At that point is it really safe to vacuum seal and refreeze it to be thawed and cooked in months ahead? Or do we really need to cook and consume this over the next few days?
  • ComfortablyNumb
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    #2
    If you had a meat saw you could probably cut that frozen. You could use a hack saw, I just don't like the idea of using a blade with paint on it.

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    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
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      I did buy a meat saw, after 5 mins of sawing I had less than 10 percent of the first cut done. I'll probably try the saw again tonight after it's been in the fridge about 24 hours.

    • ComfortablyNumb
      ComfortablyNumb commented
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      So much for that idea!

    • bbqLuv
      bbqLuv commented
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      chain saw? maybe not. never mind.
  • rickgregory
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    #3
    Define 'open'. Assuming it's not uncovered but simply not cryovacced, I don't see a problem re-freezing it if you do it ASAP after it thaws. I'd try to catch it just as it unfreezes, maybe with the center still a bit icy. Divide it, vacseal and freeze. What I would not do is let it sit for 3-4 days thawed, then re-freeze, but you know that.

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    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
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      No, it's uncovered. Probably a dumb move in hindsight, but I was thinking that when dry brining beef you leave open to help dry the surface...so was getting a head start on the portion I was planning to cook tomorrow.

    • rickgregory
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      Well, then, I'd cover it. I think you're OK assuming your fridge is clean, but I'd toss some wrap on/over it. Or if it's thawed enough, break it down and vac seal.

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