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    alien_host is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default Can you brown ground beef and freeze for later?

    I bought 6 lbs of ground beef from Costco. I was going to make 2 lbs in to meatballs and I usually use the foodsaver to bag and freeze the rest in 1lb portions.

    BUT I was wondering if I could brown the meat and freeze and then use for tacos or pasta sauce? Does it still taste the same? Seriously, I've really only frozen raw ground beef or meatballs.

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    yes!
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    I do it all the time! It is truly the greatest thing I do for simple meal planning! I can grab it and add it to chili, pasta sauce, skillet dinners (I have a few great ones from the "More with Less" cookbook) and so many other things. I always cook up the chole package of meat but use half and freeze the other half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuggleBuggles View Post
    I do it all the time! It is truly the greatest thing I do for simple meal planning! I can grab it and add it to chili, pasta sauce, skillet dinners (I have a few great ones from the "More with Less" cookbook) and so many other things. I always cook up the chole package of meat but use half and freeze the other half.

    Beth
    I do the same thing. Brown it all and freeze in 1 lb portions. Makes chili, lasagna, etc really easy
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    Oh yes! Way to cut down on dishes by cooking all at once so you don't have to dirty the pan over and over, ykwim?
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    Thank you, I'll be doing that today. I feel stupid for not thinking of it before!

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    yes yes yes. Whenever the 93% lean beef goes on sale around here, I buy up 10 lbs and brown most of it right away and put it in the freezer in 1# portions.
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    I've done it no problem
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    absolutely! i never brown ground beef for just one meal. i make a big batch, divided it up into small portions and freeze it. that is one of my biggest time savers in the kitchen. (might be my only.)

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