I get home from work and start doing little insignificant things….and then, OH NO! It’s 6:30 and I haven’t started supper! And my sister is calling to see if she can escape from the college cafeteria and eat dinner with us!
I’m sure that you, dear reader, have no such emergencies around your house. But just in case circumstances ever spiral out of your control and you’re caught with nothing prepared, there is one item that you should always have in your freezer: One-pound bags of cooked hamburger.
Anytime hamburger is on sale, I grab a couple pounds. I don’t even put it in the fridge sometimes — I just walk in the door, drop my other groceries on the floor, and pop that hamburger into my skillet to start cooking. If you’re extra-industrious, like my friend Alyse, you can add some chopped onion (frozen chopped onion, if you know what’s good for you).
Once it’s cooked and drained, each pound of hamburger fits perfectly in a sandwich-sized Ziploc. It fits right into the door of the freezer. And voila! You have now finished the most time-consuming part of the following recipes:
- Beef Stew
- Taco Soup
- Sloppy Joes
When you’re ready to use your hamburger, just pop it in the microwave for about a minute to thaw, and then add it to whatever you’re cooking!
Now I want to know — what’s your favorite time-saving trick (in or out of the kitchen)?