My personal freezer tip is How to Freeze Ground beef so it saves you a ton of money and a ton of time in the kitchen. This is such a simple and SMART idea, but you should BROWN ground beef BEFORE you freeze it. Yes, you read that right – brown and then freeze.
It could really change your life!
Ok, maybe I am a bit dramatic… but seriously… this is a great way to save money and save time in the kitchen. Now, you can buy beef or ground turkey in bulk when it goes on sale. Then brown it all up and have it read in the freezer. It lasts practically forever and it is so easy to cook once it is already browned! If you are going to make a chili or a soup from one our delicious crock pot recipes you won’t have to brown the ground beef. You will just toss it in the crockpot frozen. It is that simple.
How to Freeze Ground beef after you brown it:
I take a big pot or huge skillet and dump 2-3 pounds of the ground beef in the pot and started to brown it all. I have learned from experience that putting anymore than 2 to 3 at a time takes too long to brown. I don’t season the meat. You can season it for tacos or spaghettit, but I prefer to just leave it plain. That way I have beef ready for anything, from tacos, spaghetti, taco soup, hamburger helper, to chili and more.
Once it is browned, dump it into a 9×13 in pan or a jelly roll pan. Then continue browning the rest of the beef and placing it into the pan (or more pans depending how big of a job you are doing). Once all that is done, I cover the pan lightly with foil and put it in the fridge to cool.
If you read up on freezing meals, the main thing you HAVE to do is get the food cooled off before you freeze it. So leave the meat in the fridge until completely cooled. That is the MOST important step. Then distribute the meat evenly into freezer baggies that your family will use.
You decide what your family needs – do you freeze it in one pound bags, or 1.25 pounds. It is up to you. I don’t weigh them because they will be lighter weight since you have cooked them. Instead, I do the math. If I started with 10 pounds of meat, then I will divide it into 10 baggies if I want 1 pound bags. Make sure you label and then freeze.
Then I just put them in the freezer. It really that easy! NOW you have meat ready to eat on those crazy busy nights.
How long does it take me?
It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to brown up to 10 pounds of meat. That is it! The rest is just waiting for it to cool in the freezer.
Is this really saving any time?
YES! If I want to make chili, I can just toss it in the pan with the onions, the tomato sauce, and the beans. No thawing and browning needed. Add in a little water and the meat will thaw in the pan in minutes.
For tacos -all i have to do it heat it up and add the seasonings.
For a crock pot meal, I won’t have to brown the meat anymore. I just have to place it in the crock pot frozen. The crock pot alone will save so much time in the morning -I mean, the crock pot is supposed to be all about convenience.
For Hamburger Helper, I have taken out a whole step -Hamburger helper just got easier. The possibilities are endless!
Why does this save you money?
- First, you save money because now you can buy it bulk at rock bottom prices and brown it all at once.
- You can get dinner ready on the table in less time, because you don’t have to worry about thawing out meat. Even if you are tired, you can now get dinner on the table in no time. Because of this you are less likely to go through the drive thru on a crazy busy evening… like a baseball game or soccer practice evening.
Time for you to GET FREEZING!
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