Kitchen Tips for Ground Beef

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The ground beef …

A staple for quick-fix, budget-friendly recipes.

When they go on sale, I’ll buy one of the larger family-size packages. When I get home from the store, I’ll do one of two things:

1. DIVIDE
With my handy dandy food scale, I divide up the meat into approximately 1 pound portions. Most recipes call for a pound of meat, and with a small portion, it won’t take as long to defrost. Another tip is to flatten it like a disc before covering it in plastic wrap. Freezing the meat in this shape will also speed up the thawing process.

2. COOK
20140403-113858.jpgYes, cook all of it! Season with salt and pepper to taste. Some people I know, who have regular Taco Tuesday Nights in their home, cook their meat with the pre-packaged taco seasoning. Buying the big container of taco seasoning at a club warehouse store, like Costco, will also save you money in the long run, instead of purchasing the individual small packets.

After cooking the meat, you can divide it into 1 pound portions and freeze them. By eliminating the thawing and cooking process later, doing it this way has saved me so much time.

20140403-114005.jpgAnd speaking of ground beef, having a regular “Spaghetti Night” is a no-brainer for me. I have to space it out though, because my kids were starting to get tired of it. Have you seen this kind of pasta at your store? I just saw this variety recently, and I love it! I used to always buy the long kind and would have to cut up the pasta for my younger kids. The shorter pasta is great, less messy, especially for the little ones who don’t yet have the motor skills to twist the pasta around their forks.

Do you have any easy recipes for ground beef or turkey? I’m always looking for good family-friendly recipes, so feel free to share some in the comments.

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