I buy the family-size packages of meat (chicken, pork chops, grass-fed beef, etc...). I save $ by trimming the fat & grizzle off the meat myself. Since I'm already in full-butcher mode, I grab my kitchen scale & cut up 4-5 ounce servings & bag them into sandwich baggies. I can season them at this time or leave them plain. Then I grab a bigger freezer bag & label what I'm putting in (ex:4oz Plain Chicken Breast) so all I have to do after a busy day is defrost my "pre-packed" serving! Super Easy!
When I get home, I'll take one of my servings out, place it in a bowl with warm-hot water (still in the baggy) & let it defrost. In the meantime, I can prep my veggies for my side dishes or make myself a salad. Since my portions are pretty small, they don't take long to defrost!
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My favorite butcher shop will run specials on ground beef and bone/skin-less chicken breast in 10# bulk.
I buy 20# of ground beef and fry it all up in two hours. In batches, it has time to drain more fat off. The 10# of chicken breasts will fit in my crock pot. I spice it up and slow cook it. I package the meat up in 2 cup containers and freeze it. It saves meal prep time and dirty dishes.
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