Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quick & Easy - How to Repackage Bulk Ground Beef WITHOUT Getting Your Hands Dirty!

how to repackage bulk ground beef without getting your hands dirty

Today I'm sharing a super easy tip for dividing and repackaging bulk ground beef.  You know, those huge, bulk ground beef packages that we all get at the grocery store because the price of ground beef is cheaper by the pound that way, but then you get home and you're tired from shopping but that 5 pounds of bulk ground beef is staring at you and you're tempted to just throw it in the freezer as is!  Yeah, I've done it.  And regretted it.  That's when I came up with this oh-so-easy method of dividing the beef and putting it in freezer bags, all without even getting your hands dirty!

quick and easy tip for how to repackage bulk beef to freeze

Start with your bulk package.  Save the plastic bag that you put it in from the store.

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk beef for freezing

Using freezer bags, turn down the tops of each so that they stay open.  

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk beef for freezing

Using a serrated knife, cut the beef into portions.  This is a 3 lb. package so I cut it into thirds.

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk beef for freezing

Now, grab one of the portions.  The ends are easiest.   

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk beef for freezing

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk beef for freezing

Placing it in the bag, I begin twisting the end.  The beef will slide out nice and clean that way.

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk ground beef


quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk ground beef

Here's the middle portion.  I pick it up by the plastic that's still around it.  Use the serrated knife to slice open the plastic, leaving the beef free to fall into the bag.

quick and easy tip for repackaging bulk ground beef

Now, the three pounds of beef are in bags and ready to freeze.  I try to remove as much air as possible.  I also pat mine flat so that they'll stack in the freezer AND take less time thawing.



Don't forget that meat department bag I told you to save.  I toss the packaging into it and throw it all away.  Now, you've just got a serrated knife to wash and you're done.  I can usually do this in just a matter of minutes and minimal mess.  No more dreading having to divide the bulk beef or regretting that I threw it in the freezer whole!

I hope this tip saves you some time in the kitchen!

Thanks so much and God bless!!
Angie


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7 comments:

  1. Angie you are a kitchen genie! What a smart and easy idea…not to mention time saver. Thanks for also sharing your packaging idea of making the packets flat. Smart lady!

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  2. Angie, I can definitely see where this would be a time saver! You always have the best tips :) Hugs, CoCo

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  3. Angie, oh my gosh, that is Brilliant. Most of us are getting our hands gross and dirty....lol. Those are some easy to do tips I'll use for sure. Lisa

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  4. What a great way to save time and money. I always prefer to buy in bulk.

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  5. I hate touching raw meat! I'll have to try your method the next time I"m divvying up bulk meat.

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