I picked up my doe Monday from Tom the Butcher and as usual he did an exceptional job. The sausage, jerky, taylor ham, hot dog and other cuts looked amazing and were frozen upon picking them up. When i got home I loaded them into my box freezer in the garage. Tonight I opened it up to find out the box at some point kicked off and the meat thawed. It must have kicked off recently because the meat was still cold not frozen but cold. My question is it ok to refreeze or do i have to cook up my whole deer before morning? Any help would be appreciated.
It's not the bow and arrow. It's the indian.
It will be fine if refrozen
No bueno once its above 40deg it can start developing bacteria cook it and eat it.... have a party but don't refreeze it
The jerky should be fine right?
You can thaw meat, cook it and freeze it. But once the temp of the meat gets above 40+ degrees there is a chance of bacteria forming. If you refreeze it then - when you next go to unfreeze it you could be in trouble.
Now if you thaw meat - but in the fridge and it stayed cold you can technically refreeze it.
How cold was it in the freezer? Still below 40/ 45 maybe? Also how was it packed - vac sealed?
If it stayed cold there is a good chance you can turn the freezer back on and freeze it up. Also how long was it in the freezer with it off? You can have a freezer go off - keep the lid closed and it still be good for 2-3 days
Your fine.. dont listen to these^^^^^ guys
Bacteria will start to grow about 4 hrs after the meat warms to over 40 degrees, only you can be the judge how cold the meat was.