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Anyone know if western food, ie pork, pork mince, and chicken, frozen before it is put out for sale in the likes of

Tesco Lotus, BigC?

If it is, there is no point in buying some for the freezer, if not, fine.

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Some is frozen, some is chilled, and if your are lucky they have a label and that is true.

Assume the worst.

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36 minutes ago, puchooay said:

Since when has the above been "western food"?

 

Anyway, so long as it has not reached temperatures above 4c it is fine to be re frozen.

 

How would you know anyway? Best bet is to pop in at opening time and check for yourself.

 

Alternatively buy from the local market. Probably the freshest meat you can buy. Slaughtered, generally, at about 1am and on sale by 5am.

I love the pork mince, but a friend told me that in the markets, all the leftovers are put in with the mince and I have not bought any from the local market since.

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WG Danson what is so confusing about wanting to know if something is safe to freeze?

Sometimes you reply sensibly to posts and other times I just don't know how to take you.

 

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In any case, ground meat must be chopped in front of you at the last minute.
As another person pointed out, they take all the leftovers.
As hygiene, there is better.

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Chicken 100%. Sometimes its still frozen when trying to pick up a portion or 2

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You can tell old meat by its color. Ground pork will be bright red , the good stuff that's is and chicken will be pink. The chicken starts to turn yellow , easy to spot and they mix a lot of fat with the old pork.

 both can be frozen after purchase but freezing changes the taste. Buy fresh and cook it.

 

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I uses to buy what I thought was fresh minced pork from the local market, but was getting less lean and more fatty.. Then I saw them replenish some stock which was partially frozen and thawing out.. Not fresh after all.. Tasted horrible for spag bol with all the fat in it, and before I realised it had actually been previously frozen, and then I would freeze some at home, resulting in the trots occasionally.. 

 

I now buy in bulk from Tops, fresh and lean, and I think 130bht a kilo.. 

Freezing it at home now no issue.. The difference in quality.. At Big C I've been tempted to buy their pork mince, but never looks as good as from Tops.. 

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I've had no problem buying food that has been frozen, thawed and then refrozen at home. When I say thawed I mean becoming unfrozen on the way home from the shops, not thawed for a few hours to room temperature.

It used to be a no no decades ago when the refreezing process could take many hours allowing for bacterial growth but is not an issue these days in my opinion, as long as you have decent freezer and not a fridge with  a small freezer compartment behind a plastic door.

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the traditional market is best for fresh meat...at our market the vendors each have their pork offering on display on a big counter and you select what you want and the amount and they grind it on the spot if desired...

 

the hogs are slaughtered early a.m. and usually at the market before 5 a.m. and you can see the dudes carrying the sides of pork from the truck to the 'wholesale' area...the local abattoir isn't far from our house and you can hear them go about their business with the grisly squealing of the hogs being slaughtered and all...good 'n fresh...

 

 

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22 hours ago, possum1931 said:

WG Danson what is so confusing about wanting to know if something is safe to freeze?

Sometimes you reply sensibly to posts and other times I just don't know how to take you.

 

 

1 hour ago, Moonlover said:

Isn't that the purpose of minced meats? Use up the leftovers, no waste? Anyway we buy all our meats from the local markets or sometimes from the mobile butcher's shop and it's all very good quality. Never had a complaint yet.

Completely incorrect. Mincing is done for specific uses, not to disguise leftovers. But go ahead and buy the cheapest you can find, it's your prerogative.  

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On 11/29/2019 at 3:55 PM, OneMoreFarang said:

Some is frozen, some is chilled, and if your are lucky they have a label and that is true.

Assume the worst.

You know the quality once you've cooked it. If no good then don't buy from there again. Makro have a very wide choice of frozen imported and also two grades of fresh. Quality varies. 

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