How to Prepare Make-Ahead Ground Beef

Created January 10, 2017
Prep and freeze a batch of ground beef ahead of time, so whipping up delicious and satisfying dinners on busy nights is a cinch. MORE+ LESS-

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.