Most stores offer a discount if you buy their meat in larger quantities. Some stores label them as a "Family Pack." But, how can you consume all that meat before it goes bad? Freeze the whole package and... well, what a mess trying to separate icy chicken breasts or break off frozen hamburger meat when you only need a pound or two.
*Just like my previous blog about freezing bread, this will take a bit of time, but it's definitely worth the time spent.
Solution? Go ahead. Buy meat in the large packages. When you get it home, divvy it up and freeze it in parts.
Here are a couple of ideas...
And... tada! There you go. Five servings of hamburger meat already separated and ready to be thawed individually.
I like to buy the butcher-cut breasts in a large package. Store brand is almost always cheaper than a name brand.
Simply place one or two breasts in a storage bag. I store two to a bag because that's usually plenty for a nice meal requiring chicken, i.e.: chicken tacos, enchiladas, chicken and pasta dishes, etc. And, with only two per bag, it's a much faster thaw time.
And... there we are... three nights of chicken safe in my freezer, safe from spoil, and convenient as all heck!
*This method can be used with other meats, too. I do this for steaks, pork chops, chicken thighs, ribs, and more.
**Helpful Hint: Do all your meat cutting and prepping on a large cutting board. This makes cleanup a cinch and a lot more sanitary. "I just love animal blood on my countertops," said NO ONE EVER!
Well, get to shopping, folks. And, don't pass up those bulk packages of fresh meat. Now you know how to make them work for you!