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About re-freezing partially defrosted food?

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shockthemonkey Tue 25-Aug-15 19:27:26

We had a power outage last night, and over the twelve hours it lasted, some of the contents of our freezer went a bit soft... then promptly re-froze when the power came back on.

What types of food can I get away with still using? I am thinking along the lines of spice mixes (frozen coriander, chilli, garlic and ginger preparation for marinading) -- surely I can use that?

Anything with meat in I will throw away... with the possible exception of my home-made chicken stock which was in such a huge block it barely began defrosting at all.

Is this dangerous?

Spilose Tue 25-Aug-15 19:28:44

For 12 hours it should have been fine if you left it shut? Was is the food that was actually soft or soft cardboard?

WorktoLive Tue 25-Aug-15 20:24:04

I wouldn't throw anything away, it's only partially defrosted, it doesn't sound like anything has got anywhere near room temperature.

I often let things defrost, and change my mind about using them so refreeze to use later. I know that you're not supposed to do it, but I've never had a problem doing this.

msgrinch Tue 25-Aug-15 20:36:02

I'd use it all.

chipsandpeas Tue 25-Aug-15 20:40:15

i would use it

bringthenoise Tue 25-Aug-15 21:21:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

shockthemonkey Tue 25-Aug-15 21:25:52

Thanks everyone. To answer Spilose, yes I left the freezer shut and only some things got soft, for instance ice-cream, oven chips...

So I'll go ahead and use most things, I don't really want to throw everything out...

poocatcherchampion Tue 25-Aug-15 21:27:09

We leave the freezer open overnight loads grin I just pretend it doesn't happen...

BeautyQueenFromMars Tue 25-Aug-15 21:27:24

I would use it too, and just maybe overcook any meat slightly, just to be sure.

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