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Tips for Buying & Using Ground Beef (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Beef)
Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 11, 2011 @ 7:04 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning,URS | 37 Comments
Ground Beef is one of the most versatile of proteins. It can be browned and seasoned to stretch stews and chilis. It can be seasoned and formed into meatballs, hamburgers, and meatloaf. It can be the basis of tacos, pasta sauces, and casseroles.
Usually I try to buy ground beef for around $2 a pound or less. Sometimes I luck out and find great quality, organic beef for that same price. Yes, that was a beautiful day. Lately, however, I’ve had a hard time finding it for less than $3 a pound, but I’m hoping that things will change.
Some tips to consider when buying ground beef, learned from local butchers:
Ground beef is at the heart of many of my freezer meals. I often do one of the following things:
In this way, I always have a quick meal component to lean on. I can cook most of these things from frozen, helping me immensely when I forget to thaw something in time for dinner. I can just grab a jar of sauce for pasta and we’re good to go.
Here are some of our family’s favorite recipes using ground beef:
Link up your favorite beef recipe or tell us about it in the comments. It does not need to be ground beef. It can be any cut.
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