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February 19, 2016
Cheap Tricks: Freezing Meat by Portion
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I cut the big package of ground beef into equal parts of 1/4-1/3lb, then freeze the hunks in separate plastic baggies. Then I can pat into patties for burgers or crumble for recipes right inside the baggie. =o)
February 19, 2016 at 2:17 AM
Hey, I knew that trick. Maybe I'm not such a dweeb after all. :)
February 19, 2016 at 2:29 AM
BE: That's how I started but I figured I'd go ahead and make them patty shaped (I always make 1/3 lb patties) and save the trouble for later.
The only time I leave them in slabs now is if I need them for a nacho plate or something as big.
February 19, 2016 at 2:59 AM
I do this with everything. Fish, chicken, roasted butternut squash, leftovers... it all gets portioned and frozen. Don't know where I'd be without my freezer.
February 19, 2016 at 4:32 AM
Marlene: I know people with big families probably don't need this tip but if it's just two or three people, repackaging food into portions is the best way not to overeat and use up food before it spoils.
February 19, 2016 at 5:23 AM
Used to do this but nowadays just use around less than a pound at a time to make one pan meals in skillet or dutch oven as cooking is becoming challenging some days more than others and food prep especially as my right hand is slowly losing it's usefulness due to nerve damage and atrophy. Maria you and your chick have a good tip and you're right that if only one or two people to cook for doing this ahead of time is a great time saver when need to actually make a meal.
Happy Happy to see the plug-in now includes notify of new posts by email and hope it works as have checked it off! :-)
February 19, 2016 at 5:39 AM
Jackie: I'm still testing the "master" sign in plugin that will be more useful to subscribers once I get it working. The one you're on is strictly WordPress. It works but kind of limiting if I want to send freebies or special information.
I hope to get all the bugs fixed by next week.
February 19, 2016 at 6:00 AM
The one you have is the one I am used to and yes it does limit your audience to only WP users unfortunately it they wish to subscribe for new posts in particular.
Good luck with the "master plugin" working soon.
February 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Jackie: I should know by Sunday if it works.
February 19, 2016 at 1:06 PM
This also works well with cheese. You can buy a large block and cut it into smaller blocks or grate it then freeze.
February 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM
Shelley: Absolutely! I separate cheese out in the amounts I think we will use in a week.
February 20, 2016 at 12:16 AM
I do this but if you-know-who decides to be helpful and put things away for me, the whole package goes into the freezer, in its original wrapper. Every time. No matter what I tell him.
February 21, 2016 at 8:49 AM
Linda: I've trained my dragon well. :) He even tries to impress me by doing it without being asked.
February 21, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Stacy: That makes you a smart chick. :)
February 22, 2016 at 1:30 AM
I buy whole Ribeye roasts and have have them sliced into 3/4" steaks and individually wrapped. I usually get anywhere between 18-20 steaks. You can't beat buying meat in bulk! I swear by it. :)
February 22, 2016 at 6:48 AM
Diane: I thought about doing that but last year a brand new Kroger opened up and they were selling rib eyes for cheap. I stocked up for the year.
Next year though, I might look into buying the whole roast. Great idea!
February 22, 2016 at 8:09 AM
Jamie @ Medium Sized Family
I'm missing that side of beef we've already used up! Now I have to go back to store bought. Guess I'll have to also go back to portioning things out myself, too! (Until we can save up for another side!)
May 10, 2016 at 7:38 AM
I would love to buy a side of beef. Still trying to convince the husband we can raise a beef critter and sell it on shares.
Thanks for stopping by!
May 10, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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