Saving on Ground Beef


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Are You Saving on Ground Beef?

Saving on ground beef can be hard if there is not a good sale going on at the time. Meat is one of those items that usually does not come with a coupon so you have to get creative to find savings. A good sale is the time that I try to buy a whole cow if possible and stock up. My local grocery store was having a good deal on ground beef so I bought six 3 lb family packs. This usually will last my family of six until the store runs the sale again. That’s a lot of ground beef, but there are a few things I do with it.

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Hamburger Patties

I take a few packs of the ground beef and make hamburger patties out of it. I put the ground beef in a large bowl and season the meat with what I have in the cabinet. Next I make hamburger patties by hand until all the ground beef is gone. I put 5 patties into a Foodsaver bag to be sealed. That is enough for one dinner for our family. This way I only have to thaw out what we need.

The last step is to seal with the Foodsaver. These lay flat nicely in the freezer. This can be done in freezer bags as well if you do not have a Foodsaver. All you have to do is place patties on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes to harden a little. Then wrap each patty with plastic wrap or place a piece of wax paper between each patty to keep them from sticking together. This will help you be able to take out only the patties you plan to cook. Then place them into a large freezer bag and place in the freezer. With this method, you can pull out one or ten patties, depending on who plans to show up for dinner.

 

Hamburger patties

 

 

Saving on Ground Beef by Portioning

I take two packs of the ground beef that has been seasoned and place into a large pot and crumble. Once the ground beef is browned, I drain it and let it cool off. Letting it cool off prevents crystallizing in the bags when the meat freezes. Using quart freezer bags, I put 2 cups of the cooked ground beef into each bag. 2 cups cooked ground beef =1 lb. I do this because most recipes using ground beef calls for 1 lb and this makes it easy to grab a bag and use for a recipe. Make sure all of the air is squeezed out of the bag before closing. Once I have all my bags filled, I place them into a larger freezer bag and place in the freezer. This can be done with a Foodsaver also using the same steps. I was out of the smaller bags at the time. Both ways freeze nicely.

 

 

Cooked ground beefDouble packed ground beef

Other things I will make out of the bulk ground beef is meatballs, taco meat, sloppy joes; almost anything you can think of that is freezer friendly and contains ground beef. This is saving money on ground beef by only buying it on sale and it saves time because it cuts down on cooking time when preparing meals. The next time you find a good sale on ground beef, stock up! A little extra time in the kitchen will save you time and money in the long run.

~Ashley

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Comments

  1. I would like to suggest to you instead or rolling the ground meat into a ball to freeze it put it in the freezer bag squish it flat and push the air out as you zip it up. you can get more meat stacked in the freezer that way and it defrosts way faster it being flat them in a clump. This is how I have been doing it and it works well. Love the ideas !

    • Never thought of doing it that way, brilliant idea. I already have “balls” of frozen meat in my freezer, but I WILL use this tip next time. it would free up tons of space! Thank you!

    • I flatten mine before freezing too. It works very well! I also make up meatloaf and line the pan I cook it in with foil or plastic wrap. Then freezs the mixture in the dish. It freezes in shape and is easy to thaw/cook. (once frozen remove from dish!)

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