All purpose Ground Beef Mix

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All purpose ground beef mix is just that, a make-ahead ground beef to throw into recipes on those busy nights when you need to cook, but have limited time.

To be honest, we first happened upon this idea when our freezer door was accidentally left ajar and all the packages of ground beef and venison that were in the door fully thawed. Raw meat that has been previously frozen shouldn’t be “refrozen”. However, if it’s been previously frozen in its raw state, it’s perfectly safe to cook it and then freeze it.

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Once the meat has been fully cooked with the veggies, we repackage it into 1 pound packages and freeze it for later use in our favorite recipes such as chop suey, shepherds pie, lasagna, beef chow mein, etc. Any recipe that calls for a pound of browned ground beef (or turkey, venison, etc).


You’ll Need:

5 lbs Ground beef, venison or turkey
1 tbsp Salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cup Chopped celery
2 cup Chopped onion
1 cup Diced green pepper

Drizzle a large skillet with olive oil *this depends on the fattiness of your meat, if you’re using 90% lean ground beef or turkey or venison, you’ll want the oil) if you’re using 85% lean beef or less, you definitely will NOT want the oil.

Add the onions, peppers. and celery and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the meat, season with salt & pepper and brown it until it’s cooked throughout and no longer pink. Remove from heat, drain if needed. cool.

Measure 2 cups of mix into vacuum seal bag, seal, label. and freeze. Repeat until all the mix is used up.

Use this mixture in any recipe calling for a pound of ground beef, just adjust the cooking time slightly because the meat is already cooked!

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

14 Comments

  1. i love to make these mixes and freeze them it really stretches a dollar and i never feel that i have nothing to cook. it is very nice to not worry about what i will cook and really helps in menu planning for the month.

  2. i do this. saves so much time. i work late often and having pre-cooked ground meat allows for me to still throw a nice hot meal together quick.

  3. i can hamburger and chicken. i use the ball blue canning book. and have 2 pressure canners.

    I do chili, seasoned hamburger, and several chicken recipes. I am planning to do some beef stew. The only freezer we have is the top of our fridge.

    It is great to have these meats on hand whether they are canned or frozen.

  4. Can anybody suggest some recipes for using this? I definitely want to make this, but I’m not sure what to prepare and how much of what other ingredients to use?

    • Can anybody suggest some recipes for using this? I definitely want to make this, but I’m not sure what to prepare and how much of what other ingredients to use?

      I have done this before and made sloppy joes by adding 1 can of beans, 1 small can tomato paste and some spices. You could also add spices and noodles for a quick version of hamburger helper. Or you can add macaroni and diced tomatoes and dry cheese sauce or a can of cheddar cheese soup.

      The possibilities are endless, these are just a few.

  5. This looks wonderful! I’d like to can this for my food storage. What a wonderful find this for me.

    Thanks a lot, yummm!

  6. I need more recipes like this in my back pocket for when it’s a crazy night and we have no groceries and i don’t know what else to make!

  7. I am making this right now. I am a little skeptical about the flavor profile. The seasoning may be a little light Just pulled it out of the broiler. Looks good waiting for the wife.

  8. A great recipe! I used it in spaghetti sauce, chili, hamburger stew and sloppy joes. Great flavor, very convenient!

  9. I so love the sound of this sauce! Adding roasted butternut squash to red enchilada sauce is just such a brilliant idea, Michelle – I think I could eat this sauce straight up!

  10. Looks beautiful and delicious! I do some prep ahead meals but not that many. I think this is very worthwhile and nice to know you always have a meal on hand!

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