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Refreezing chicken stock

Just defrosted and warmed up some homemade chicken stock. I don't need it all for my recipe. Can the restgo back in the freezer or would that make it unsafe?

asked by CanadaDan about 2 years ago

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added about 2 years ago

It's fine to refreeze

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Yep. I do it often. I have a weird little system now though. I keep my stock in freezer bags. When I need some, I run warm water over the bag. I pour off what I need as it defrosts. Then I toss the still mostly frozen amount back in the freezer. Works great.

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added about 2 years ago

Weird? Or ingenious?...

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Lol. According to my daughter, everything I do is weird.

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added about 2 years ago

Susan W I had a question for your comment but is at the end:

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added about 2 years ago

Strange, don't you find that what is left at the end is much thicker and "murky"? When I defrost chicken stock over a sieve, the liquid part is what defrost first and the gelatin at the end. I do that to purify it when making consommé.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

I really don't. I freeze the stock flat in the bags, so maybe it stays together as one better? That and the warm rinse with the counter whack that Kristen mentioned seems to yield perfectly gelled defrosted stock. I'm not going for consomme clear though. I like a bit of murk in my stocks.

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added about 2 years ago

I also like the murk, the consomme is occasionally. It must be the plastic bag, the warm water and the quantity you defrost. I usually freeze it in plastic containers, so the top defrosts first. Physic teaches light particles float !?!

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added about 2 years ago

I wouldn't refreeze without bringing the remainder to a boil. But I worked in commercial kitchens, where your techniques would not fly with the health department.

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added about 2 years ago

if your freezer space is at a premium, consider cooking down your stock. I use this method:
https://food52.com/recipes...

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added about 2 years ago

great suggestions all around...thanks guys

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