Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Freezing Browned Ground Beef or Meatballs

It is recipe Tuesday, but I haven't been cooking a lot lately and so I have no new recipes to share.  I do have a small helpful tip.  Whenever we see a good buy on ground beef, we buy a big family pack.  When we get home or the next day, we fry out the whole package with some onion.  After it has drained and is cooled, we package the fried hamburger in containers.  Then when we need a meal in a hurry, we can make barbeque or anything that requires browned hamburger.  How many times have you wanted to make a hamburger dish but all you have is a frozen chunk of ground beef.  I even make vegetable beef soup with browned ground beef.  Sometimes instead of frying it all,  we make a batch of meatballs or meat loaves.  Everyone has their favorite meatball or meat loaf recipe, so I won't include that.  I make the meatballs and put them on a baking sheet.  I use a broiler pan with the insert.  I put them into the oven at 350 degrees and bake them for about 20 minutes.  The fat from the hamburger drains into the bottom pan.  When they have cooled on a rack, I put them into a ziplock bag and freeze.  When you need a meal, you can take out as many as you need.  There is no need to thaw,  just put into a pan or microwave.  Sometimes I put Cream of Chicken soup on them or spaghetti sauce.

Sorry, but that's all I have for today.  It's blueberry season so I did make a bowl of blueberries and fresh peaches.  Hopefully I will have something better next Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Barb , I do the same , even grill the meatloaf then cool and freeze the smaller loaves . works out great.
    thanks for the tip.