Raise your hand if this has happened to you before: You took some meat out of the freezer to defrost, only to never get around to cooking it. You can still save the meat and refreeze it — but only on one condition.
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As The Kitchn points out, you can refreeze meat without cooking it if it was defrosted in the fridge. In the refrigerator, meat thaws at a safe, constant low temperature. In the microwave or with cold water methods, on the other hand, meats can thaw unevenly and some parts might reach a higher, unsafe temperature that could invite bacteria growth. Hey, the more you know.