I posted earlier today how I use up bulk amounts of ground beef to get the best bang for my buck AND to save time in preparing it later. See my post here. I mentioned that I was going to be making meatballs with 2.5 pounds of the ground beef along with some italian sausage.
I used 2.5 pounds of ground beef, 2 pounds of sweet italian sausage, italian seasoning, garlic powder, grated parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and 4 eggs beaten to create 77 meatballs (ok, 78, but I had to try one just to make sure they were done). That translates to 7 batches of meatballs which is the equivalent of 7 Spaghetti and Meatball nights at our house. I don’t know about your family but my family LOVES Spaghetti and Meatball night. I’m surprised the smell of the meatballs haven’t woken them up from their naps. Ella begs for this meal.
My meatballs need to cool and then I can transfer them to freezer bags. So in the weeks to come all I have to do is pull a bag out, defrost and add to my favorite pasta sauce to heat through. Pick your favorite pasta and make some garlic bread and you will be nominated for Wife/Mom of the Year. Trust me.
*By the way, the total of meals I prepped ahead for today comes to a whopping 15 meals using 12 lbs of meat.
Want to know how I’ll use all of my meat? Tune in for my next post. In the meantime, how do YOU use ground beef to it’s fullest potential? Or any meat, for that matter?
After Ella left for preschool this morning, I put Ezra in his high chair with his breakfast and went to work. I had picked up 10.20 lbs of Ground Beef at our local Giant the other day and it needed some attention. I quickly separated 2.5 lbs of the meat to put aside for Homemade Italian Meatballs that I would add Italian Sausage to later today. With the remainder of the meat, I packaged four individual pounds of ground beef and stuck them in the freezer. I had the rest of the meat browning on the stove in two skillets. I seasoned both with steak seasoning, garlic powder and Italian Seasoning. I drained both and then, using a 1 cup measuring cup, I put 2 cups of prepared meat into a quart sized freezer bag. 2 cups prepared is approximately 1 lb raw so, again, I separated those into 1 lb packages. I ended up with 4 packages of prepped meat, 4 raw and the remaining will be the meatballs. All of that took less than an hour while Ezra ate his breakfast. The meatballs will take another hour to make, bake, cool and freeze. I should have at least 13 meals covered for these 2 hrs of labor.
I also need to mention that I got this meat in 5 lbs packages at $2.29 a lb. Lately, I’ve not been able to find $1.99 a lb for ground beef and was shocked when $2.49 was the best that was available for this entire month. When I found the $2.29 sticker I bought two packages instantly (I had a $10 off coupon from buying frozen food earlier in the week so we only paid for one of those packages of meat–not bad, don’t you think?).
What do you buy in bulk? How do you preserve it? How do you plan ahead of time when buying bulk???
A not so great picture of the inside of my freezer, but you get the idea (the cooked meat is in the front, the raw in the back)