Oh no, freezer left open

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I have a standard kitchen refrigerator and I had 20 lbs of Grassland ground beef. The stack of meat must have toppled and opened the freezer door ajar last night. This morning, I found half of the meat thawed but still very cold (but no longer frozen). The other half was still frozen.

I put the thawed meat in the fridge and I'm planning on cooking and freezing it tonight. The still frozen meat was left in the freezer. Am I going to get food poisoning at all from this?

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on October 25, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I've eaten meat that has sat out for much longer than you are talking about.....YMMV


on October 25, 2012
at 07:40 PM

No, probably won't get food-poisoning. Cook up the defrosted meat and re-freeze or (even) dry it in the oven. The still-frozen stuff oughtn't have a problem but, before defrosting some for a meal, wash the "meat-cube", cook as soon after defrosting as possible and then make sure that the outsides (that could have been contaminated) are cooked, even if the centre is rare.



on October 25, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Just freeze it again. It's not optimal to freeze, thaw and freeze again, but there is no need to worry about it. The meat will be fine, you can eat it rare if you like, especially the steaks since the interior of a steak is sterile (vs ground beef which has many surfaces). We are not such fragile flowers that require such fastidious handling of our food.



on October 25, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Oh no! I wouldn't worry about it making you sick though. The thawed stuff was still cold, right? I'm sure it will be fine.



on October 25, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Not likely. Since it was all still cold, no funky growth should have occurred.

P.S. I still thaw meat out on the counter and sometimes forget to put it back in the fridge once it's thawed, cooking it in the evening. We're all still here to talk about it!



on October 25, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Probably not, but I wouldn't serve it rare.

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