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#1 of 4 Old 10-29-2010, 12:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Yesterday I bought about 8 lbs of ground beef at the supermarket (it was BOGO for the large value packs) and I was thinking of cooking it all up now and then freezing it in meal sized portions. Does anyone else do this?

Also I know I've read about people cooking the meat in water and then draining it. Does this work well? Can I do it in the crockpot or should I do it on the stove? I liked the idea of this because then I could save the water for making stock next week when I get some bones and then it will already be flavored a bit from the meat. Also if I chill it I can take the fat off and store it for cooking.
Could someone give me a detailed explanation of how they cook ground beef in water?

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I don't cook mine in water, but I do frequently buy large amounts on sale to cook and freeze.

I usually cook a lot in taco seasoning and freeze that in one-pound portions. I can use that for tacos, enchiladas, taco salads, or taco soup.

Some I make into mini-meatloaves and freeze raw, ready to be cooked. Same for meatballs.

Big batches of spaghetti sauce, frozen into ice cubes trays and then transferred to a ziploc-type bag, are nice too. They thaw quickly.

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Yep, for most recipes you can boil it as long as it will end up well seasoned in the finished dish. Old catering trick for massive amounts of gb.
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Be careful of what kind of ground beef you use. I know you didn't ask about this but if you are on this message board you likely would be interested in this story.

http://www.healthiertalk.com/retaile...ated-beef-1295

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