Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday Tips 3/11

Coffee with Me - Thursday Tips
Sorry, this week's tip has no pictures. I forgot to take some when I was using the tip myself. I'll try to do better next week. To make up for it - I'll share two.
As I mentioned last week, I love tips that help me in the kitchen. I actually enjoy cooking and baking but most nights the need for fast meals overcomes the desire for elaborate.
I buy hamburger meat in 10 lb packages and cook it all at once. I actually boil it. I dig out my huge stock pot, dump all the meat in with enough water to cover and bring to a rolling boil for about 20 minutes. I just use a spoon to break it apart as it cooks. I shut the burner off and let it cool. After I drain the water off I divide it into freezer bags/save a meal bags and freeze. Then when we want spaghetti or mushroom gravy I grab a bag and toss it in. I can fix spaghetti in the time it takes to cook the noodles. I also tend to divide the meat into 15 or so bags so it stretches a little farther.
Tip 2 - I bake my own bread. A few times a month I bake 4 or 8 loaves and freeze the extra. Before I put the loaves in the freezer, I slice the entire loaf then bag as usual. I always seemed to run out of bread and need more now. LOL If I forget to thaw a loaf a few slices can be removed from the bag and they defrost in a matter of minutes or can be popped in the toaster for instant use.
Now go visit Melissa at Coffee With Me and see what other great tips you can find!


  1. Great kitchen tips. I tried boiling my meat recently (after the HK thread about it) and it was great! I've done it several times since. I admit I was extremely skeptical.

    I just "followed" you via Google Friend Connect. You've been on my feed reader for a very long time though. I need to comment more often. hehe

  2. I have never tried boiling the meat, but I've been seeing that a lot lately. I still don't know if I can bring myself to do it!

    Love the tip about the bread!!! Thanks for joining up with Thursday Tips!