I love pre-cooking ground beef. Many of my survival meals depend on it. Maybe I’m the only one who, even when she has a menu plan, finds herself with only 15 minutes to get a meal ready.
But sometimes, I need my ground beef to not be pre-cooked. Freshly grilled-by-hubby burgers are much tastier than defrosted-by-mommy ones. And for cooking with my kids, I want them to know how to cook the beef, not just assemble a recipe using what I already cooked.
Here’s my method for freezing raw ground beef. It’s nothing earth-shattering, and is pretty much the way my mother always did it. But I have come up with a few tricks that make it work well for us.
I cover a cookie sheet in wax paper. Then I form the raw hamburger meat into patties, and place them about an inch apart on the paper. Once the cookie sheet is filled, I put another layer of wax paper (or parchment paper) on top of the formed patties, and make another layer. I keep stacking it up until I’ve used all the meat. (Or until I’m afraid it will topple over.)
I then cover the entire thing tightly with aluminum foil and place it on a flat surface in the freezer until the first time I need it.
At that point, I put the extra frozen patties in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag.
I consider each patty to be ¼ pound, but I don’t actually measure them. I just grab whatever seems like the amount for a recipe. Since most of the ingredient amounts in my recipes end in “ish” . . . it works fine for me. My mother always used a patty mold to get exact amounts.
Our menu plan this week:
Tuesday: Leftover chicken fried rice brought home from the lake (I pre-cooked all of the ingredients and made this as our meal for the extended family).
Wednesday: Leftover hot dogs from the lake (We don’t turn down free food ’round here).
Thursday: Tacos (my 7yo’s meal for the summer)
Friday: Out to Eat
Saturday: Grilled burgers
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