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How to Brown and Freeze Ground Beef {Plus Recipes}

Since we are a family of 10, we buy our ground beef in 5 pound packages. I brown it up and divided it into 1 pound packages for the freezer so it's recipe ready the next time I need it.

Here's how to brown and freeze large amounts of ground beef:

  • Chop 1 large onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Place ground beef, onion, and garlic in slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 5-6 hours. Check for pink spots and cook longer if needed.
  • Place a large strainer on a cookie tray and transfer the ground beef to the strainer.
  • Allow grease to drain for several minutes.
  • Divide ground beef into gallon size Ziploc bags.
  • Squeeze out air before zipping, and smash flat for easier defrosting.
  • Freeze.

Now, be sure to check out these ground beef recipes:

Alternately, if you have uncooked ground beef, try these easy homemade meatballs.

Then run, don't walk to try these homemade White Castle sliders. You won't be sorry. They will rock your world. Seriously. Your hair will be shinier, your teeth will be whiter, and your friends will be more charming. (Results vary.)

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  1. Connie I absolutely love the sliders recipe and so did everyone in our family. I used fresh onions instead but it turned out great. We are a family of six and usually have at least one extra child several times a week. I have found that one pound of meat just seems to shrink when we cook it, smaller than it used to. I am not sure if it is the fat content of what I am buying. Most of the time I buy ground turkey now because it is less expensive but I always have to cook two pounds for our family. I was wondering if you buy the five-pound rolls of ground beef and also the fat ratio.

  2. Thanks for linking to my recipes!

    I LOVE your blog! :)

  3. This post is a fantastic resource. It’s wonderful to have prepared ground beef on hand in the freezer – it makes mealtime so much easier! Thank you for sharing my Easy Moussaka Style Pasta Bake as well :)