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Should cooked food be recooked?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Whether you cook your own food or buy food that's been cooked already. Should we be cooking it again, or should we be eating it cold?

Even sausage links, sausage patties, bacon, etc. comes fully cooked. I know they are probably heavily processed (so not the healthiest), but if eaten, should one cook it again?

What's best healthwise?

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:01 PM

I think this is what the question is referring to, and I'm wondering too. How many times can we reheat/ cook meat before it is "bad"?

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on December 17, 2011
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(after your edit) I'm guessing once-cooked vegetables may have the most absorb-able nutrients in many cases, over both raw and re-cooked. It would always be important to drink any liquid or broth as vitamins frequently go into the liquid.

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on December 18, 2011
at 09:16 AM

i only eat meat for the 20+ amino acids that are relatively heat stable, so i cook and recook all meat products for well documented safety concerns. i get my nutrition from raw vegetables and raw fruit.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:01 PM

I think this is what the question is referring to, and I'm wondering too. How many times can we reheat/ cook meat before it is "bad"?

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Re-cooking some foods like broths and meat soups is a time-honored way of increasing the time you can store them before they spoil (boiling for at least ten minutes is re-cooking a soup, as opposed to warming it up to make it more palatable). In this sense there is a definite advantage to re-cooking some foods. As far as reheating goes, however, I can't see any reason to re-heat a left-over or to not reheat it except for your own personal preferences.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I'm not clear on what concern is behind your question. My normal practice is to make bone broth stews and chill/reheat in repeated cycles. As long you eat/drink the whole thing you get the nutrients whether they are in the broth or still in the solid food. Some people, though, don't enjoy the flavors/textures of re-heated food while others (Me!) like them better. In most families, there are some who love leftovers and some who hate them.

For nicer cuts of meat such as muscle-beef/turkey/duck I will frequently eat them cold out of the fridge but I definitely prefer my vegetables and broth re-heated. I also eat lots of leafy salads too.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:54 PM

(after your edit) I'm guessing once-cooked vegetables may have the most absorb-able nutrients in many cases, over both raw and re-cooked. It would always be important to drink any liquid or broth as vitamins frequently go into the liquid.

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