I did this is it worked out great! I didn't do the celery, because my husband hates it, but otherwise followed the recipes. I divided it up into 5 packages and just used 1 package for every lb. of ground beef called for in a recipe. I made tacos and burritos and 2 different casseroles and it was so much easier than having to fry the meat up first! Thanks for the great time saving idea Tish.
Like Tashak I do something very similar. I grate and saute my vegetables. I add a bit more - 2 cup veggies for every 1 lb ground meat. However, instead of rolled oats I soak 1 cup cracked wheat or bulgar, depending on what I have on hand, in 2 cups stock overnight then add it to about 4 lbs ground meat just as I finish browning. The wheat just blends right in. I'll have to try rolled oats sometime - do I need to soak them first? I cooked and froze about 12lbs of ground meat for my sister just after she had her first child prematurely. Apparently it was a life saver during those first very difficult months. I now do it for everyone I know with a new baby in the house.
I do something very similar. I add carrots and grate all of the veggies in, makes them less noticeable. Plus I add rolled oats. When it cooks with the meat it blends in and add fiber.
I do this all the time and it is a real time saver. It is so easier to freeze it already cooked rather than cooking the ground beef separately for every ground beef recipe! I always have cooked ground beef on hand in the freezer to whip up a fast meal. I have used this in spaghetti sauce, chili, lasagne, tacos, taco casserole, and cheeseburger tarts, (recipe is posted.) as well as some great ground beef recipes here on zaar! Great idea and thanks for posting!
such a perfect & wonderful Idea. I've been on the look out for quick fixes for my husband to make on days I work (I work 12 hour shifts and come home around 7:30-8 and am usually starving and WAY too tired to cook). This is perfect for us. I'm going to be making a sloppy joe mix to have on hand to use this with. Thanks for the recipe!
Great OAMC recipe! I am using ground turkey and ground beef and along with the veggies you suggested, I added in some shredded carrots. I need to add in all the nutrients I can because my youngest doesn't like to eat much! I'll use this base to make burritos, tacos, chili, sloppy joes, spaghetti, shephards pie and poverty meal! I'm doing this right now to fill my freezer!
I LOVE this recipe! When I first read it I was thinking that it was a good idea but did not know if it was really a time saver and if the meat would taste funny. Absolutely wonderful to have around and no funny taste. I can't believe what a time saver this actually is. Thanks!
I so love having the ground meat ready to use at any moment! Used a combo of turkey and beef that I bought in bulk and left out the celery since we don't care for it. Used it for the first time today in Dana's Sloppy Joes and it was awesome and very fast :)
This has saved my booty a few times the last two weeks. Super easy great time saver.
What a great help to OAMC sessions and also just to have on hand in case of a 'dinner emergency' lol...I'd alsmot eat it on it's own!! But I used it in tacos, mixed it into some mac and cheese, etc, etc will be making this again and again...and its freezes great too!