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Can you Refreeze Frozen Veggies and Fruits?

I asked this exact question when I first started making my own baby food.  After all, sometimes it is just easier to buy frozen (and cheaper). I did a little digging several months ago and found the USDA site.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp

It states:

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 defrosting. 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.

If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly.”

I have also found many books and a few websites that state the same thing. And for me that was confirmation enough to go ahead and continue. But of course if you don’t feel comfortable with doing it, don’t!  Trust your instincts. Also speak with your pediatrician.  He/She may have valuable info to pass on. And of course if you find out anything from a reliable source please pass it on to us!

2 Responses to “Can you Refreeze Frozen Veggies and Fruits?”

  1. Adam says:

    So to be clear, I got frozen vegetables the other day, left them in the trunk overnight and unfroze. They’re edible if I throw them into the freezer, right?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Adam, according to the USDA guidelines, you should only refreeze if they were defrosted in the refrigerator. Since they were in the trunk, I’d say your safe bet is to toss them. :(

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