I am all about saving on groceries and so often I buy in bulk. Hamburger, for instance, is much cheaper if you buy it in a 5 Lb. chub on sale. My family of 3 (more like 2.5) obviously does not consume 5 lb of meat at a time, so I pack and freeze it. I am super impatient when it comes to defrosting especially because it is usually being done around 5 pm when I am rushing to get dinner on the table. My hubby came up with a great idea to make it faster and it makes it easy to store in an organized stack.
I date a quart freezer bag and put about a pound of the meat in. Then, seal the bag 3/4 of the way.
Then, roll with a rolling pin. I find this is an easy way to get the air out.
Seal the rest of the way. Then stack in the freezer.
Having the meat squished flat makes it defrost in a couple of minutes in some warm water. I love it!
Another good way to save a buck on hamburger is buying the 73% lean instead of the 90%. You can make it have about the same fat content as the leaner with 3 steps after browning. First, drain. Second, rinse with hot water. Third, pat dry with a paper towel.
I also like to buy my chicken in bulk. I buy it fresh so I can trim the fat off all at once and have it just ready to use. Then I pack it in dated quart size bags, two breasts to a bag and then fold the bag in half so they are each in a separate pouch and won’t stick together. Then, you can use one or both and they defrost faster!