I have had a few requests for my bulk cooking tips. So, this week each day I am going to share recipes that are great for bulk cooking with hamburger.
I only buy hamburger in family packs. It is not worth my time to cook one pound at at time. I don't enjoy washing dishes and that would mean that I have to clean 5 skillets. That is not for me. So, when family packs are on sale, I stock up!
I used to buy 5 pounds and make 5 different recipes to freeze. But, now I buy 5 pounds and make the same recipe in bulk. We eat one that day and then I freeze the others for the future. Since we have 2 teenagers, 5 pounds makes about 3 meals.
I only freeze in freezer-quality ziplock bags. I have an old milk carton that I cut the top off of and put the bag in there to fill it. Then I squeeze extra air out and lay it flat to freeze. That way it takes up minimal space in my freezer.
So, I cook all 5 pounds of meat at one time, then I add 5 packages of taco seasoning and 1 cup of water. Stir and heat a little till the liquid is gone. Then I divide the meat into 4 sections. We eat one that night and I freeze the other 4. On a day that I need a quick meal, I defrost the meat and dinner is quick!
Meals you can make with taco meat:
Taco Ring (Pampered Chef Recipe)
If you need the recipes for any of these, just ask. :)