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    Probably been asked numerous times before, but whats everyones thoughts on thawing raw venison, then re-freezing?

    I still have quite a lot of grind meat i want to make into burger patties. Think its ok if I grind up the raw meat, make the patties, then freeze them again?

    Thanks men.
    The deer are here, when I'm not near

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    It will be just fine you can grind it well still mostly froze works great. Dutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchhunter View Post
    It will be just fine you can grind it well still mostly froze works great. Dutch
    Shouldn't be a problem, just keep everything as cold as possible, while making your sausage.

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    Yes we do it all the time when we make sausage .

    TD

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    I usually thaw my meat, then grind the meat and make my burgers.... I will cook them all up and then refreeze them. This process changes the molecules allowing for refreezing with no ill effects, just reheat and eat...
    "Everything is easy when you know how"
    "Meat is not grown in stores"

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    I have no personal experience; but a quick internet search of food safety, specifically the re-freezing of thawed meat products suggests that it is only safe under the following guidelines. Use your own judgement.

    Frozen Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out

    Adapted from Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency (USDA).
    Thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 F or below. Partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will besafe to eat.
    If you keep an appliance thermometer in your freezer, it’s easy to tell whether food is safe. When the power comes back on, check the thermometer. If it reads 40 F or below, the food is safe and can be refrozen.
    Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.
    Note: Always discard any items in the freezer that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
    You will have to evaluate each item separately. Use this chart as a guide.
    Food Categories Specific Foods Still contains ice crystals and feels as cold as if refrigerated Thawed and held above 40 F for over 2 hours
    MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD Beef, veal, lamb, pork, and ground meats Refreeze

    Discard
    Poultry and ground poultry Refreeze

    Discard
    Variety meats (liver, kidney, heart, chitterlings) Refreeze

    Discard
    Casseroles, stews, soups Refreeze

    Discard
    Fish, shellfish, breaded seafood products Refreeze. However, there will be some texture and flavor loss. Discard

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    Great. Thanks guys
    The deer are here, when I'm not near

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    Most ground beef at the store says "made with fresh and previously frozen meat" and we all freeze and use that, as long as you keep the meat out of the danger zone it is not a problem. If you thaw the meat in the fridge then you are good to go, if you thaw it on the counter then cook it first.

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    I wish I had your problem, still trying to find a good recipe for my first deer tag....and hunt.
    Mark Snow, Libertarian Nepean, for 2019, Chairman - Ontario Libertarian Party

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    Quote Originally Posted by line052 View Post
    I wish I had your problem, still trying to find a good recipe for my first deer tag....and hunt.
    A little ketchup goes a long way... Or try some sweet baby rays...
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