Having a stockpile of freezer meals is invaluable especially when you get sick for a few days, are having surgery, had a baby, or don’t feel like cooking.
Freezer meals are also a great strategy for saving money (when foods are bought or grown in bulk,) saving you prep time, and feeding our families nutritious home-cooked food.
I can cook up to 5 pounds of ground beef at time in my large cast iron skillet. A little less if I have veggies to add to the beef.
I cook it in these types of combos:
1 -- Ground Beef with Onions
(2/3 cup diced onions per pound of ground beef)
2 -- Ground Beef with Onions Celery and Carrots
(3/4 cup diced of each veggie per pound of ground beef)
3 -- Ground Beef with Onions and Green Peppers
(2/3 cup each diced veggie per pound of ground beef)
4 -- Ground Beef, Plain
The veggie amounts don't always line up exactly with the recipes I have below but they are close enough that it doesn't matter.
OK, so now you've got your ground beef mixes cooked. Now what?
You can either freeze them just as meat and veggies. If you cook 5 pounds, divide it 5 ways, 4 pounds in 4 bags, etc. You can make some of the dishes they belong to and then freeze them. It all depends on how much time you have now or will have later. I tend to do a little of both.
If you freeze, the best way is a vacuum sealer system. It keeps away the ice crystals and funky flavor you can get from the freezer. You can use plain freezer bags but but sure to push out as much air as you can.
Ready to cook your meals now? Maybe you've just pulled one out of the freezer to thaw for supper.
What can you make with ground beef and onions?
What can you make with ground beef and onions, celery, and carrots?
What can you make with ground beef with onions and green peppers?
What can you make with just ground beef?
(you can also use ground beef with green peppers and/or onions)
There you have it! 20 easy ways to use ground beef and put away some meals for the freezer.