Friday, May 6, 2011

Quick Tip: How I Freeze Hamburger

This isn't earth shattering or going to cause world peace, but it's something I find helpful. Maybe you will, too.

I discovered, mostly by accident, that the best way to divide and freeze hamburger is to put it in a quart-size freezer bag, press it flat – to about 1/2" thickness or so – to the edges of the bag.

This is really convenient for a couple of reasons.

1. A quart size bag holds a pound of meat perfectly.

2. They stack —compact storage, saving freezer space.

3. They thaw SO much more quickly when only 1/2" thick. OR if you want to save even more time, you don't have to thaw it. Just open or cut the bag, pop into a pan. Cook over low heat to start, and you'll be browning in no time.

Hey, it works for me. I hope it works for you, too!


  1. I love kitchen tips like this. Thanks!

  2. This is a great tip! I love that it stacks! Perfect when you get your meat from Costco!!! Love your blog ;)

  3. I need to get into bulk buying again and this is such a great reminder for freezing. School will soon be out and I will be killing myself trying to keep these kids fed. A full time job!

  4. Best tip for buying ground chuck for cooking or freezing. Wait til sirloin tip roast especially or go on sale or any roast. I uaually buy one get one free and have the store grind up the roast into hanburger. Best ground chuck you will ever taste aa better price. Verse buying the cheap stuff that they grind up and put under the red lights. - From Rudy K - Great advice from meat market owner! "PTL" 2004 cancer Free Miracle!

  5. This is a good method on preserving hamburger patties to be fried later. The vacuum pack seal will allow the patties to be tender when fried or grilled.


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