Buying twenty pounds of ground beef isn't very thrifty if left in the ten pound tubes, they're too difficult to use. But I learned something from one time of leaving a tube in the fridge for a while. (Sometimes I'm a slow learner.) What I learned is that I can pre-cook the meat and store it in the freezer for almost instant meals. Now that's thrifty.
This time I did half and half. I determined ahead of time what I wanted:
3 lb. made into patties
4 lb. in 2 packages for meatloaf
3 lb. in 3 packages for casseroles
4 lb. cooked with chopped onion put into 1/2# packages
6 lb. made into meatballs, cooked and packaged 2 dozen meatballs in a package
|crumbled ground beef with onion|
|Meatballs ready for baking|
|They didn't come out quite even dozens, so I made one small package, perhaps for when it is just TopDad and I.|
Recipe for Baked Meatballs
1 lb. ground beef
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used homemade bread crumbled in a blender)
1/4 cup minced onion (this time I used dried onion powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mix all together and form 1" balls (a cookie scoop works great), place on a cooking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
When they were finished I scraped all the lovely drippings up along with the meatballs into the containers to freeze for the added flavor.