freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

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freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby merlin777 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:15 pm

I have a load of frozen chicken thighs I want to turn into sausages but I'll need to freeze them after I've made them.

I was always taught not to refreeze thawed chicken - is it actually unsafe?

If so, is there a way around this - can I precook the chicken etc?
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Re: freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby wheels » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:35 pm

The US Gov't say:

Refreezing
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.

If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly.


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Re: freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby NCPaul » Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:22 pm

You could make the chicken into sausages then let the links set overnight in the fridge. Then poach them at 165-170 F for 10 - 15 minutes depending upon casing size before packaging them and freezing.
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Re: freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby merlin777 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:57 pm

Well that's good news - almost certainly no problem if you are careful and use the fridge for almost everything.

But to be on the safe side poaching seems like a good option. Presumably when you defrost and fry them you are just looking to colour them up?
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Re: freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby NCPaul » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:43 am

It's how I make breakfast in ten minutes. :D
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Re: freezing sausages made with frozen chicken?

Postby merlin777 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:54 am

thanks everyone!
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