Find out how to freeze ground beef and a tip for organizing. Plus learn how long you can freeze beef – read on to see how!
How to Freeze Ground Beef (Without Any Waste!)
My friend Jamie is sharing this SUPER smart way to store ground beef! I *love* this idea, and will be doing it in the future since we have a small freezer. Thanks so much for sharing Jamie!
If you buy ground beef or ground turkey in bulk to save money – this is such a clever idea to store it! By using a rolling pin (or a wine glass – anything that can rotate will work!) and a ruler, you can store your ground beef in awesome little freezer packs.
The flat little bricks make it easy to thaw and cook whenever you need it – and help you avoid wasting meat by forgetting it. (Has that ever happened to you? I know it has to me!)
Here's how to store beef in your freezer:
You're going to want to start with any ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, venison, even plant based!), and then grab a rolling pin and a gallon freezer bag. Also, these $10 Freezer Bag Stands are super handy when working with messy foods and meats – they're so worth it!
💡TIP: If you don't have a rolling pin, but maybe have a wine bottle in the house, that would work too. Really anything that can roll something flat will do just fine.
Take the ground beef out of the store packaging and place the raw ground beef in the bottom of the bag and lie it down flat, leaving the zipper portion of the baggie open.
Using your rolling pin, flatten the meat and spread it out in the plastic bag evenly.
You'll next want to take a ruler, or the back of a long knife, press lines to divide the meat into six sections.
After this, freeze the bag for 30 minutes and pull out of the freezer. Your meat should be mostly frozen by this point. Gently bend at the dividing lines until it is separated more cleanly into bricks.
Sealing the bag well will help prevent freezer burn and keep your meat safe to eat. Once sealed, just place back in the freezer to use whenever you need ~ you'll be able to pull off just one brick at a time to thaw the next time you need ground beef!
How long can you freeze ground beef?
FoodSafety.gov recommends that you can store ground beef in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. Once you have your frozen ground beef in your Ziploc bag, be sure to label the date that the meat was frozen on the front so that you know if the meat is still safe to use once you pull it out of the freezer.
This method of storing ground beef allows you to store A LOT since we are making the packages so flat. Be sure to use the first in, first out method too, so you're not wasting any of the meat.
I think this tip is SO super smart. Not only does it take up so little space in the freezer, but it really makes it easy to thaw out when you're ready to cook. LOVE simple tricks like this! Do you have any other tips on how to freeze ground beef? I'd love to hear them!