Time… there is never enough time! Dinner time seems to overlap with soccer practice, homework time, and errands. If I can find way to save money I will and this is one of my favorite ways to save time when it comes to dinner time in my house! (I have included links to some great products that I have bought on my own to make my journey easier. You can buy them too through my online sales links.)
Sometimes little things can go a long ways to make a difference in your life, one thing is prepping ground beef for our dinner time! I buy in bulk from Zaycon (you can see more on why you need to shop Zaycon ->HERE or we get our ground beef from a local oriental store for a fraction of Safeway’s cost!
How prepping ground beef can save more time and money:
Easy to defrost and throw in a casserole meaning no ordering take out or a drive thru
No waiting on meat to brown
Weighed and frozen in size for dishes super helpful
Supplies for prepping:
- Large pot to brown meat in, seriously you need one of these to easily browning about 5lbs at a time goes so much faster then if you add up all those times you are browning a lb of ground hamburger at a time for each dinner. Once the pot is hot the browning goes so much faster and it is so less messing than browning a bunch in a frying pan.
- Over the sink strainer
- Larg Bowl and Tin foil
- Freezable containers (the reason I use containers instead of bags is they stack nicely in my chest freezer)
- Food Scale- I use mine to measure the cooked meat and then serving sizes on almost everything coming out of the kitchen
Steps for prepping your ground beef
Dump your ground beef into the large pot. Season if you want to while browning.I always do a seasonal all and minced onion that way it is ready for anything and can have more season added to it. But you could skip this seasoning if you wanted to
Set up your large bowl with your strainer over it! It works great to catch grease and I don’t know about you but I always burn myself trying to use a turkey baster to get grease out. After I am done I funnel it into a milk jug or cans.
Once the meat has browned dump it into the strainer and start the next batch of meat. Be sure to mix up the meat in the strainer for efficient straining.
While the second batch is cooking start filling and weighing out your containers for the meat. I do 6 ounces and 11-ounce containers of ground beef. And one large one for taco night so we have leftover meat for taco salads!
Be sure to refrigerate your meat before freezing it to allow it to cool down before freezing.
How do you bulk prep your ground beef? What is your go to ground beef dinner?