Sorry for no post yesterday. I'm traveling for business and time got a way from me. I'm in Atlanta this week and it is not HOT at all! Still busy today so I'm giving you a quick kitchen tip.
In the winter I find that we use a lot more ground beef that has to be browned first such as chili, tacos, casseroles, etc. vs in the summer when I do a lot of cheeseburgers on the grill. So to make dinner prep faster I buy 93% lean ground beef in bulk from Sam's and boil it before I freeze it. It sounds gross, it even looks a little gross when its cooking, but it is so worth it. Here's how you do it:
Fill a 8 qt stock pot about 2/3 full of water and bring to boil. Gently slide 5 pounds of ground beef into the water and let boil for about 15 minutes breaking it up with spoon along the way. Drain in colander. Spoon into 5 ziploc bags and freeze. This also takes all the grease away! Then when you need meat for tacos, soup, chili, etc. you just thaw out a bag and add the seasonings. You can even put it frozen into a crock pot with seasonings and come home to dinner ready.