With the arrival of spring, our days include more outdoor activities than these past few months. It’s a wonderful shift, but if your family is anything like mine, it can make for some crazy evenings trying to get dinner on the table. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing how to cook different meats for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Knowing how to cook meats quickly in the pressure cooker and being able to stockpile your cooked meats in your freezer will allow time to enjoy both a healthy meal and family time on these longer spring and summer days.
How to cook beef for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Ideas for using frozen cooked beef
Beef and Noodles
BBQ beef for hot sandwiches or Korean beef Haystacks or Tacos.
Beef pot pie – Try adapting this Chicken Pot Pie by using beef broth and cream of mushroom or celery soup. If you prefer, you can make your own white sauce instead of the soup, with this recipe for white sauce.
Beef tacos – add taco sauce to the beef to season it.
Beef Vegetable Soup
Tips for freezing cooked beef
- You’ll want to have plenty of zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two on hand. Even though you think you’ll remember what is in each freezer bag, it’s too easy to confuse bags once they’ve been frozen for a bit. Especially since cooked beef can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.
- Go ahead and label them as shredded beef roast, along with the date you cooked the beef. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did later. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your beef, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
- Be sure to cool your cooked beef before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice and freezer burn to set in.
- For more extensive tips on everything you ever wanted to know about storing meats in the freezer, check out this post about Freezer Cooking. And then there’s this post with all sorts of Tips and a Recipe Roundup of Freezer Meals
- If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart
Which recipe will you start with?
For those of you with an instant pot and the rest of us who now have one at the top of our wish list, it doesn’t take long to see how handy this little powerhouse kitchen appliance can be. So which of these beef recipes will you be fixing for dinner this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to check back next week for another post on cooking a different meat for the freezer in your instant pot.
And if you don’t own an instant pot, you can use your slow cooker for this too. Either way, it’s so nice to have the meat cooked and ready to go when you need it.