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Freeze Ground Beef

freeze ground beef

Do you know the best way to freeze ground beef? I used to just throw the meat while still in the Styrofoam plate and wrapped in plastic straight into the freezer. Then it would take forever to thaw and can you say freezer burn! Then I learned how to “file freeze”!

  1. Take 1 lb of ground beef or chuck (1 lb = 1 cup)
  2. Place meat in a quart size freezer bag.
  3. Remove all air and flatten with a rolling pin.
  4. Place in freezer.

When you are ready to use the meat, simply take out of the freezer and thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours or in the refrigerator over night. I stock up on ground beef and freeze when it is $1.99 or less per pound.

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2 Responses to “Freeze Ground Beef”

  1. Mark says:

    Just a note that keeping any meat out of the freezer to thaw is dangerous. I know that this is what our mothers always did, but bacteria grows between 40 and 140 degrees. So as the meat thaws in the 70 degree heat of your home the outside of the meat is a great environment for bacteria, while the meat is still frozen in the middle.

    Much better is to place it in the refrigerator, thawed in running cool water, or cooking in microwave or on the stove or oven.

  2. christy says:

    thanks!! i have been wondering why my ground beef always turned brown and got freezer burnt (i kept it in the same packaging too. lol).

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