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Remember the 15 pounds of ground beef I recently found for $.63 a pound? One of my favorite time and money saving tips is to buy ground beef on sale and prepare it for the freezer.
With this batch I browned two thirds of it with chopped onions. I then drained it, cooled it and placed it in gallon zipper freezer bags. I removed the air and flattened the packages so they look like this:
I then placed the bags flat on a cookie sheet, so that when they are frozen I can stand them up in the freezer, which saves space and enables me to fit more food into the freezer. (You can watch my Easy Freezer Cooking Video here to see exactly how I do this.)
The ground beef and onions can be used in spaghetti sauce, tacos, burritos, taco salad, ground beef casserole, chili, etc.
I usually make hamburger patties out of the remaining meat and freeze them for a quick dinner, but this time I made two batches of meatballs for the freezer (see my recipe here):
I now have several easy meals prepared which means I don’t call to order pizza when I’m tired!
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I just cooked my hamburger meat in the crockpot. Thanks Jennifer I would’ve never thought to do that. Kimberlee, as always thank you for sharing your meal planning tips. I’ve already planned my meals for next week. 😉
Woohoo! You will feel so much more organized Kimberly. 🙂
I started putting all of the meat into my crockpot with onions and diced red and yellow peppers ….and then let it cook on low for about 4 hours (might go longer if I have a huge 6lb load going! lol I just walk away from it and then let it cool and put it in ziploc bags or foodsaver it! A lot easier than standing in front of a stove all that time!! 🙂
I have never tried that Jennifer. So the meat browns in the crockpot?
Yes it does! I do stir it a few times but it browns just like a pan! My husband loves cooking hamburger in a pan but loves how it comes out in the crockpot! It does take longer, but it’s kind of a thing to set and forget for awhile! I love those kinds of things for preparing meals! 🙂 Hope it works for you if you try it! 😀