When a recipe calls for ground beef, it usually requires that you brown the meat on the stove top until it takes on a crumbly texture. Sauces, casseroles, chili, tacos -- you name it -- ground beef makes the meal. Cooking the ground beef ahead of time and freezing it until you need it can cut the preparation time of many of these meals in half. Cooking and freezing also ensures that the ground beef does not go bad before you get a chance to use it.
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Place the ground beef in a bowl or plastic container immediately after cooking. Set the bowl in the refrigerator, uncovered, as the ground beef cools.
Remove the bowl from the refrigerator when the ground beef has cooled completely. Transfer the ground beef from the bowl to a plastic freezer bag.
Lay the unsealed freezer bag on your counter. Press out as much air as you can, using the palms of your hands. Seal the bag.
Label the freezer bag with the date and contents, using a waterproof marker. Set the bag of cooked ground beef in a freezer set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.