I got this tip from Heloise months ago and never tried it until recently. When you buy ground meats, and separate them, push all the air from the ziplock bag and press the meat flat, like a sheet of paper, before closing. Not only does it save SO MUCH SPACE IN THE FREEZER, it literally thaws out within 30 minutes, so if you forget to lay it out in the morning to thaw, you can do it when you get in from work and it thaws while you shower or work out!
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To boil prepare lean ground beef for dishes, add a bit of water to ground beef in pan... when cooked, pour into colander... rinse with water... put back into pan... brown ground beef... Fat Reduced Lean Ground Beef!
When I need ground beef for tacos/sloppy joes/chili and other unformed dishes, I cook the beef in a pan, then drain as much grease as possible. Then I put the cooked meat in a fine mesh collander and rinse it with hot water (cold water congeals the fat) to get rid of the remaining fat.
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