Yesterday I had to run to the store to grab some cake supplies. While I was there, I strolled through the meat department hoping to find a sale because we're running low on meat in our freezer. Actually, as I was walking through, I prayed, "Lord, please help me find a good deal."
Off topic - but do you ever do that? Pray about the small things? God cares about all of our needs - big and small. What we needed was meat in the freezer and we needed it to be a good deal. And you know what, He answered. Almost immediately.
I found 22 pounds of very lean ground beef marked down to just over $2 per pound. I usually try to buy the more lean meat for health and quality reasons and this was an excellent price for the small town we live in. Plus, it was very lean, as in 93/7 (93% meat, 7% fat, if you didn't know). So, I bought all 22 pounds.
The only catch was...it was marked down because it was a day away from it's "date." What did that mean? I had to come home and divide and freeze it immediately. So, with my husband's help, we decided to have an impromptu freezer cooking day!
My goal in doing this was to save time later - and be able to get supper on the table quickly!
In just under 2 hours, here's what we accomplished:
8 pounds ground beef browned, plain
2 pounds ground beef browned, taco meat
1.5 pounds ground beef browned, spaghetti meat
3 pounds meatballs, seasoned & browned
5 pounds hamburgers (20 burgers), seasoned and pattied
That's around 15 meals for us! The only meat not cooked is the burgers, which we'll likely brown in a skillet or throw on the grill. The rest is all cooked and ready to go! I can toss the plain ground beef into any casserole or turn it into spaghetti, tacos or soup.
The taco and spaghetti meat are seasoned and sauced, ready to eat (I did small amounts of these because I've never tried it before and I want to make sure it's gonna work out well before doing large quantities). The meatballs can go straight into spaghetti sauce or my homemade meatball sauce and be ready in no time.
For the price and small amount of time invested, I feel great about what we have done and I know it will save me tons of time on future suppers around our house!
I didn't get a pic of my husband - who helped me tremendously, but I did get a pic of my other 2 little helpers. They rolled out all those meatballs (with my supervision) and had a blast! When I tried to get pic of our finished work, they both had to have a picture with it!
Do you ever buy/cook in bulk?