How to Freeze Ground Beef

WinkIvy says:

Funny, it seems nearly every blogger I read is sick, and I’m no exception. Fortunately, we have fabulous readers who send in fabulous tips from time to time, so I don’t have to do much thinking. Thinking’s a dangerous pastime anyway.  Our readerJimK shares this with us:

I know this is a pretty basic tip, but my wife saw me doing it and
suggested I send it in.  She’s kind of the person this site is
for…she has never learned to do anything “domestic.”  After we got
married, I taught her how to run the washer, I do the cooking, the
housework, etc.  She’s the smart one.  I’m the labor force.  🙂

I buy a lot of meat on sale and use my vacuum sealer to store it in
the freezer.  The first part of my tip to anyone reading is if you
don’t have a vacuum sealer, get one.  Mine has saved me many, many
times the cost in bulk savings.

The real tip is about freezing ground beef.  We’ve all seen those
massive 5-7 lb. packages of hamburger on sale, and unless you have a
big family or are planning a block party, you’re gonna need to freeze
it in order to take advantage of the savings.  What you do is, after
the meat is sealed, roll it as flat as you can get it.  Press it into
all corners and try to make it really, really flat.  It freezes
faster, so less damage due to tiny ice crystals, and it thaws faster
as well, so less time growing nasty bacteria on the outside while the
inside stays solid.  And it stacks neatly in the freezer, or slips
into spaces that would normally go unused.  Don’t forget to label it
with weight and the date you bought it.  I glued a magnet to a Sharpie
cap that I keep on the freezer door.  Always date your frozen stuff!

Hope that helps someone!

HouseHusband in CT

That’s a great tip, thanks so much for sharing!



3 Comments

  1. Margo on February 13, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    A house husband! That’s just what I need!

  2. Gnightgirl on February 13, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I second the motion that everyone should have a vacuum food sealer; mine has saved me loads of money also and has also kept me from eating the same leftovers for days on end, to avoid tossing food.

    Good tip on the flattening technique.

    I freeze soups, pop them out of the container, and then vacuum save them, stack them up like bricks in the freezer.

  3. Melinda on February 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I was just going to let you know that I worked in an ice cream store last year. Sharpie brand permanent markers are the ONLY marker that lasts in a freezer.

    Hugs,
    Melinda

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