This is one of those things that I wish I would have figured out years ago! For some reason I don’t like browning ground beef. I know it’s not that hard or time-consuming but when it’s 5 pm (often referred to as “the witching hour” at my house) and everyone is hungry, tired and grumpy and your staring at a chunk of frozen, raw ground beef that you have to thaw in the microwave, then brown to even start your dinner…well, let’s just say the temptation to order pizza goes way up! After I figured out that this road block for me I started browning ground beef in large quantities in an electric skillet as soon as I came home from grocery shopping and freezing the beef but as of the past year or so I moved that up a notch on the simple-ness ladder (Oh, there IS such a ladder in my house!) and have loved it! I can tell from the collective sighs and “oohs” and “ahh”s in my meal planning classes that I’m not the only one!
Browning your Ground Beef in the Crock Pot
1-Put all or a majority of your ground beef in the crock pot on low with garlic and onions (fresh or dried) and leave it on low for 8 hours or so, stirring and breaking up the meat occasionally.
2-You can let the meat cool down a bit and then use a slotted spoon to put the meat in freezer bags and lay them flat in your freezer. That way when you’re making spaghetti, or my Three Cheese Pasta Bake or taco salad or whatever you can just grab a bag of already browned ground beef and toss it in!
Note: If you plan to make hamburgers or meatloaf with your ground beef you’ll want to leave enough of the ground beef not cooked and just freeze the portion you need raw in a Ziploc freezer bag. I like to form the hamburger patties using a measuring cup and freeze them like that so they’re ready to go. Give this a try and let me know how it changes your life for the better!
I have this crock pot and I love it!