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Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?

This has happened to me a few times now. A bag of frozen corn and a tv dinner thawed. I called one company and of course they said to throw it away. I don't understand why it would be bad to eat it when you still are going to cook it.

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Re: Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?

It's a safety issue.  Food poisoning is not to be taken lightly.  Right now is not the time to be in the hospital as well.

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@geegerbee - I'd be careful. I think it would be OK if it has just thawed and you cook it right away. I would never however touch seafood unless you are the one controlling the defrosting. We will see what others say!  Smiley Happy

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Re: Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?


@geegerbee wrote:

This has happened to me a few times now. A bag of frozen corn and a tv dinner thawed. I called one company and of course they said to throw it away. I don't understand why it would be bad to eat it when you still are going to cook it.

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@geegerbee 

 

We're missing an important point here .....   

 

If something was in the freezer, then put in the fridge and thawed, it didn't go above a temp in the 30s or low 40's ... right?   I don't see any danger.  

 

(IMO, it also depends on how long it was in the fridge)

 

However ... if you left something frozen out on the counter all night and  it got to even close to room temperature, TOSS IT.   

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Re: Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?

I do it frequently but only keep it refrigerated a day if it's a casserole or a couple days for something like corn.

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Re: Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?

I few weeks ago we had a power outage for 7 hours on a 109 degree day.  I had 3 frozen dinners in the freezer and threw them out.  The frozen veggies should be OK so I kept those.  

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@geegerbee wrote:

This has happened to me a few times now. A bag of frozen corn and a tv dinner thawed. I called one company and of course they said to throw it away. I don't understand why it would be bad to eat it when you still are going to cook it.

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@geegerbee 

Yes.  Smell it. If it doesn't stink, you can eat it.

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Re: Can you eat frozen foods that have thawed?

Absolutely. Just use common sense tips others have noted.
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"If it doesn't stink you can eat it ? ? ?"  Are you serious?  I once had a job at a local bar.  My instructions were the same for the homemade bean soup they served.  I quit shortly thereafter, not willing to risk the health of the customers.  

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@geegerbee wrote:

This has happened to me a few times now. A bag of frozen corn and a tv dinner thawed. I called one company and of course they said to throw it away. I don't understand why it would be bad to eat it when you still are going to cook it.

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@geegerbee 

Yes.  Smell it. If it doesn't stink, you can eat it.


if meat, cook asap.