Freezer Cooking – Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

One thing I like to do to help cut down on meal prep time is have pre-cooked meats in the freezer. I will usually buy chicken, ground turkey, and ground beef in bulk. I often use my crock pot to cook my chicken, that I will shred and freeze for use in recipes/casseroles/soup. However, I have always cooked my ground beef and turkey on the stove top, usually only a pound or two at a time. It never occurred to me that I could use my slow cooker, until I saw it on Pinterest! (Pin source)¬†One of the many reasons I am addicted to pinning ūüôā

This is not a recipe per se, just a shortcut for cooking in bulk. ¬†The above picture is 3 lbs of 90/10 lean ground beef, with seasonings (salt, pepper, McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning, and dried onion) and about half of a large chopped onion. ¬†You could easily add taco seasoning, Italian seasonings, or leave it plain. ¬†My crock pot could have held much more ground beef too, but this is what I had on hand. ¬†I cooked this on high for 4 hours (this may vary depending on your cooker and the amount of beef used, and if it was fresh or frozen), giving it a stir once an hour. ¬†You may not need to stir it that often, but it will need to be stirred on occasion and the clumps broken up. ¬†After the meat was cooked, I drained the meat (which was pretty lean and didn’t produce a lot of grease) and allowed it too cool. ¬†Then I divided it into 3 equal amounts (since I used 3 lbs.) and placed it in freezer bags. ¬†SO much simpler than standing over a stove top!

I hope you find this little tip as helpful as I did.  {Looking for ideas to use all that ground beef?  Check out Eat at Home Ingredient Spotlight: Ground Beef!}

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