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How to Prepare Make-Ahead Ground Beef

Prep and freeze a batch of ground beef ahead of time, so whipping up delicious and satisfying dinners on busy nights is a cinch.

Plan ahead and stock your freezer with a big batch of this make-ahead ground beef. It freezes like a dream and can be used as a time-saving shortcut for your favorite recipes that call for ground beef. Make it easy on yourself and freeze in two-cup quantities, the equivalent to one pound of cooked ground beef. Here’s how to do it!

Step 1

In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onions and garlic over medium-high heat, stirring frequently; drain. Reduce heat, cook 5 more minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil and spoon beef onto foil.

Step 3

Break beef apart as necessary, ensuring that it’s spread evenly on the pan.

Step 4

Freeze about 1 hour, stirring once, until firm.

Step 5

Divide mixture into quart-sized resealable freezer plastic bags or containers with about 2 cups in each. Label and freeze up to 2 months.