Ground Beef in the Crock Pot?
Genius! A friend of mine mentioned it to me a while back and I thought it was so smart. I buy our ground beef in bulk from Costco and like to cook it all up then freeze it for later use. I do this so I don't have to deal with thawing raw meat, then cooking it, then turning it in to dinner, all in the same day. I prefer ease and efficiency when it comes to dinner time.
The only issue was that using one frying pan to cook up 6 lbs. of meat is time consuming, usually pretty messy, and sometimes rather difficult with a 1 and 2 year old tugging at my legs. So I decided to give my crock pot a whirl and I'll never go back.
Step 1: Put all the raw meat in the pot. Add fresh garlic, maybe some herbs and definitely a little Lawry's. (Don't worry about under seasoning. When you thaw the meat later on you can add more.) Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Step 2: When the meat is fully cooked, strain it. Make sure you put a large mixing bowl under so all the grease isn't sent down the drain.
Step 3: Divide up in freezer bags and freeze. I usually put 2 lbs. in each bag.
When you take the meat out to use it for dinner simply add a little more seasoning to fit the meal. (Cumin and Chile seasoning for tacos, Monterey Seasoning for dirty rice, or simply add to dishes like chili or spaghetti sauce.) This will cut your cooking time by half...at least!
This can also be done with chicken. Simply cook the chicken, shred it, divide it in bags and freeze it. Great for chicken salads, chicken tacos, enchiladas, chicken lasagna, soups...the list goes on and on.