Even though there is only 2 of us in our family, we still enjoy beef and chicken as much as the next guy. So when I find them on sale and that is usually $1.99 or less a pound where I live, I grab quite a bit and either cook or make patties and freeze. Such a frugal way to save on meat and always have some on hand.
Most of the time I will just freeze 2 chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag which will make one meal for us. But, I also use a lot of shredded chicken for Chicken Salad, casseroles and other recipes.
The easiest way I cook chicken for that is to just put a few breasts in the crock pot with some salt and pepper and in about 3 to 4 hours, don’t overcook. No need for any liquid. I will let them cool and then shred them with a fork or cut into small cubes and then transfer to Ziploc bags and put in the freezer. This is so easy to just grab, let thaw and enjoy so many different ways. Don’t forget to add the date to your bag. You should use this up in 3 to 4 months. Whole chicken parts last about 9 months in the freezer.
Since we love to grill and watch sports pretty much all year long, we love to have a really good burger. Sam’s seems to have the best ground beef prices in our area and when I buy 2 of their large packs, one goes for pre-pattied burgers and the other goes for 1 lb packages.
My husband is such an expert at dividing the meat into the same amounts, he gets the job of making the patties. Truth be known. I have never enjoyed making hamburger patties.
I will tear off sheets of wax paper a bit larger than the patty so that I can get about 4 of them in a Ziploc bag. We will fix all the patties, lay them on a large cookie sheet and then freeze them. They are easier to put into the Ziploc bags if they are pre-frozen. So easy to grab a bag of these to thaw for dinner. These will last about 3 months in the freezer, along with 1lb bags of ground beef.
Freezing meat does take a little planning and work but is so worth it in the end. You have a stockpile for a few months and the price is cheaper than going to buy a pound of beef or chicken in the spur of the moment. And if you are a member of Sam’s, in our area of Florida, it seems to be the best place to buy meat. Not only for price but for flavor too.
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!