Freezing meat for the future will save you time and money. I’m sharing a few tips and tricks I use to save money storing meat.
There are many ways to save money on meat. You can buy different cuts of meat, meat in bulk or buy meat when it goes on sale. Sams Club is where we usually find the best cuts of beef, pork and chicken at the best price in our area. Angus Beef is our choice of beef and is raised widely in our area.
You never want to throw away any meat you purchase, so you want to make sure you freeze it carefully and the right way.
What I Use to freeze meat:
- Hand Held Vacuum Sealer by FoodSaver
- FoodSaver quart bags
- Instant Pot
- Cutting Food Mat
- Wax Paper
- Freezer Ziploc Bags
I buy several chicken breasts at a time at Sam’s or if I find a sale at Publix. I freeze 2 chicken breasts in a bag using my hand held vacuum sealer. Two breasts wll fit nicely in the FoodSaver quart bags.
By using a vacuum sealer, your meat will be able to stay in the freezer much longer than using ziploc style bags, as shown above in the diagram above, provided by FoodSaver. You can read more information about freezing food with FoodSaver HERE.
To make shredded chicken, I will put 2 – 4 frozen breasts in my Instant Pot with about 1 cup of chicken stock. I season with salt and pepper. Set the IP on Manual for 15 minutes and then just let the pot naturally release the steam. I have found that makes the chicken very tender and juicy to let them sit in their juices for awhile. I like to do this process in the afternoon and after a few hours take the breasts out of the pot. They are always still warm from the IP.
To shred the chicken, place on a cutting food mat and put a fork in each hand and just start pulling apart the meat. I use a cutting food mat with waffle grips on the bottom so it doesn’t move while I work.
Place in quart bags, lable and place in the freezer. I usually use zip loc bags for shredded chicken since I use it often in recipes. I also cut up the cooked breasts in chunks for other recipes.
I purchase Angus ground beef and patties from Sam’s. They have the best prices for my area and the beef is 90/10 when it comes to less fat.
I place the 2 patties between 2 small pieces of wax paper. Since there are just the two of us, I only freeze two patties in each bag.
I will then put the two patties in the freezer ziplock bags for the freezer. If I have plenty of FoodSaver bags, I will use those for the patties and they will last longer in the freezer. Don’t forget to date your bags.
I realize that using Foodsaver bags and ziplock bags do add expense, but I don’t like using my reusable storage bags for meat. Even though I use reusable bags often, I’m just not really sure about what meat juices are left behind even after a good washing. I will only buy ziplock-type bags when they are on sale or in bulk.
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