Saturday, March 20, 2010

An Alternative to my Quick Meals with Ground Beef

Most of you are familiar with my "Quick Meals with Ground Beef" sheet. If you are not, then you will find it in the past post on the left of this blog. Something I did today was a little different and I've done it many times before now.

I bought my usual 5 pounds of ground beef and got it out to cook. This time I cooked it in two stages. You know how the Value Packs of meat are separated into two parts. Usually the 5 lb packs are pretty even, so it's a good guesstimate that they are about 2 1/2 pounds for each side.

I took one side and put it in the stew pot to brown. I added 2 TSP Onion Onion and 2 tsp. Seasoned Salt and stirred the meat. After it was browned, I emptied the meat in a colander, in the sink while running HOT water over it. This helps drain the grease that you don't want to congeal on the meat, when you put it in the fridge or freezer. No white dots! :)

I let the meat sit in the sink for a minute as I took the other half of the package and added it to the stew pot that I just used. No need to clean it, because you are cooking the same thing. Again, I added 2 TSP Onion Onion and 2 tsp. Seasoned Salt and stirred the meat. Now while the 2nd pot was cooking, I got 2 sandwich size Ziploc bags. I filled the 2 bags with the meat that was in the colander. It's a good guesstimate that you will have about 1 pound to 1 1/4 pound of ground beef cooked for each bag. The bags need to sit out with the top open to allow to cool. If you close the bag too soon, the steam will condensate on the side and that's not good.

Now back to the stove and the rest of my meat. Empty that pot into the colander and drain. Then put the meat back into the pot and on the stove. Now you can cook a meal like spaghetti, chili or any recipe that you have that calls for about 2- 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef. I'm doing spaghetti from scratch. This is something that my family loves, however it needs to simmer for at least 3 hours to be REALLY good. So there are some things that I cook that are not so quick ;). It is easy though and quick to prepare to simmer.

I will post that recipe separate from this one. You will find that I use McCormick Italian Seasoning in my scratch spaghetti. This is because, as of now, TS doesn't have an Italian Seasoning that has Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme. I assure you that as soon as we have that seasoning blend, it will be a staple in my kitchen like all the other TS seasonings.