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question , my Grandfather used to work for a butcher and he told me that lots of times they would get meat in and it was frozen and they would thaw it and sell it then we buy it and freeze it again so... MY question is, I thawed a super nice turkey for turkey day and it didn't get cooked. Can I refreeze it and thaw it for Christmas????

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The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises, "Meat and poultry defrosted in the refrigerator may be refrozen before or after cooking. If thawed by other methods, cook before refreezing." (Basics for Handling Food Safely, September 8, 2006).

(DO NOT thaw meat at room temperature, such as on the kitchen counter.)

Meat/poultry that is refrozen might suffer some quality loss as moisture may be lost during thawing.

Safety will depend on whether the raw product was handled properly before it was frozen, refrozen shortly after it was thawed, cooked to a safe temperature when it is eaten and handled safely if there are any leftovers.
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