Freezer cooking does NOT have to be an all-day/all-weekend ordeal. Just doing some simple bulk cooking can save you SO much time in the kitchen during that dreaded getting ready for dinner time!For example, this afternoon I did a quick batch of freezer cooking with a an almost 8lb. package of lean ground beef. In just barely over an hour, I processed all the beef to yield us prepared meat for at least 8 dinners–8 hamburger patties, chili, seasoned taco meat, & meat sauce for pasta! And, better yet, it only required two dishes and such a money saver too!
– get out one large stock pot & large “frying” pan
– divided the ground beef package into quarters (for me this was just shy of 2 pounds each)
– place 1 quarter in the pan & 1 quarter in the stock pot. Add your favorite “taco” seasoning to the meet in the pan. Let it brown.
- Add chopped onion to the meat in the stock pot & let brown together (this is for the chili)
– While those are browning, take another quarter (plus a little extra from the last quarter) and patty it up for hamburgers (I made 8 total… 6 “adult”-sized & 2 kiddie-sized). That’s enough for two dinners, plus lunch leftovers for Mr. Mom Endeavors. Place each patty on a piece of wax paper and put them in a freezer bag.
– Once the meat in the pan is brown, set it aside to cool.
– Add the rest of your ingredients to your pot for chili (recipe
coming soon! now here) and let the chili simmer!
– After this, place your taco meat in freezer containers/baggies.
– Use that pan to brown up your last chunk of meat. Add some garlic & tomato sauce to make a homemade meat sauce!