By Tish on June 12, 2002
Photo by * Pamela *
Photo by * Pamela *
"One of the easiest ways to save money on your family's grocery bill is by purchasing foods in bulk when they go on sale. When ground meat goes on sale, rather than just stocking up to store in the freezer "as is," many cooks find it helpful to prepare meat mixes for using later in their favorite family recipes. By preparing this recipe for All-Purpose Ground Meat Mix, you'll be ready to fix any number of tasty ground meat recipes without needing to brown the meat, onions and spices each time you cook. Not only will this technique save you money, it saves time too. The following recipe is from the book "Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month""
Serving Size: 1 (2949 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"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 Recipe #32576 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!"
"This is a brilliant idea, and it worked so well! We used half beef and half turkey, and I really like the way the veggies extend the meat and also give it a little something extra. I used almost all of this immediately in other OAMC recipes that we were making, but we have a pound left for emergency tacos or something like that. Next time I'll make a lot more!"
"I am so glad that this is cooked and in my freezer. It's such a go to convenience item. I have frozen in 1/2 lb. since there are only 2 of us. Such a time saver. I thought this cooked up easily. I was worried that it would cook in very big chunks but it didn't. It was actually easier than 1 lb at a time. I just used a big stock pot."
"I usually add a ton of finely diced zucchini and mushrooms rather than peppers to my meat mix. It's especially cheap in the summer when zucchini are inexpensive and HUGE."
"I used to do this and have to try it again. Thought I'd add the link to recipes that can use this mix: http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=46486 Thanks!"
"I made this mix last week. I used 4# of ground beef and 1# of ground turkey and measured 2 cups of mix into each freezer bag. Tonight I used a package of it for Sloppy Joes. I added tomato paste and water to the package because that's what I had along with a little garlic powder and a little smoked paprika. It was wonderful-much better than the sloppy Joe packets from the store. We really enjoyed it and it was easy to put together. Thank you Tish!"
"Ive been doing this for years. Its great to have it on hand for chili, spaghetti, tacos and what not. I buy my hamburger in 10lb bags so I have to find many ways to use it up. Ty again"
"Great recipe Tish, easy to make and adjust to families tastes. I left out the celery, but only because I had none. Will make again."
"Don't know what I can say that hasn't been said. This is a wonderful base recipe! I added it to part of my OAMC plan, but got strep throat the day before.:(I got my ground beef for 1.29/lb for 8 lbs and got the DH to work with me. We didn't add the salt since the meat could be used for something salty. We also left out the celery and peppers, just because we didn't want them to come out mushy when the mix goes in a recipe. I like my veggies with crunch. This worked very well with the vacuum sealer, but it's not that pretty to look at. Lol. Next time I think I will mix ground beef with some ground turkey or ground venison. Thanks Tish!"
"I absolutely loved this. It was so easy to prepare, what I did was put the celery in my food processor, so it was chopped very fine. Then I transferred it to a bowl. Then, I put the onions and garlic in the processor, chopped that very fine and added it to the bowl, along with salt and pepper. No green peppers for our family; preference. I cooked the meat in a large pot, drained in a strainer, mixed everything in the large pot, and it was done! I used 6 lbs of meat, though, and got almost 7 lbs. of mix. Bagged, weighed, and froze it. Had to sample first, though, and it was so tasty! Will always make sure to have this staple in our freezer from now on. Thanks Tish!"
"My husband loves this -it is great for just about anything that uses ground beef. We don't do the celery or peppers (just preference) but I can't begin to tell you how much time we have saved - thanks/thanks/thanks!!"