Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

Looking for ways to save time when preparing meals? By cooking up large quantities of meat ahead of time, you can make meal preparation much easier. Best of all you can also save money by buying in bulk while resisting the temptation to eat out whenever you’re in a hurry.

Ground beef is an easy meat to cook ahead. You can buy several family packs of this food and then brown it all at one time. After draining the ground beef, you can then scoop it into Ziploc freezer bags and then store until needed. When you’re ready to use the meat, all you need to do is place it in a skillet and then warm it up until it thaws completely. You can add a bit of hot water to the skillet in order to speed up the process.

Making hamburger patties ahead of time takes a bit of ingenuity. Form the patties by hand and then place on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for two to three hours and then remove the hamburger patties with a spatula. Now you are ready to put them into freezer bags without worrying they will stick together when you do so.

You can cook large quantities of chicken breasts in the oven, on a George Foreman grill, or on an outdoor one. Simply allow the meat to cool, and then place the amount you would like into a Ziploc bag. Be sure to write the date you did this on the outside of the bag so the meat can be used before it gets too old.