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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kitchen Tip -- Preparing Ground Beef

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.

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