I’ve always bought hamburger in bulk packages. In the winter instead of portioning it out into freezer bags I make meatloaves. I don’t eat meat, but my boys love meatloaf and I like the smell of it in the oven. In 5 minutes, I just made 4 make ahead meatloaves for the freezer. It would have taken me just as long to bag the hamburger and then I’d still have to remember to thaw it out before I could do anything with it.
- Foil mini loaf pans, or similar.
- 1.5 – 2 kg (3.5-4.5 lbs) of lean ground beef – fresh not frozen because refreezing ground beef is bad.
- 1 package of Knorr Onion Soup Mix or Onion Roasted Garlic Soup Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- Optional – 1/2 cup minced onion and/or 1 or 2 medium carrots shredded.
Wash your hands and place everything in a bowl large enough for mixing.
Are your hands clean and free of jewellery? Dig in and start kneading your meat – yeah I said it. Mix thoroughly by hand – the last thing you want is someone biting into a lump of soup mix – it’s very salty.
Portion out into your mini loaf pans – this time I used some small pans with cardboard lids that are awesome. Cover with cardboard lids or foil and mark date with a sharpie marker.
Now I’ve got four made ahead meals in the freezer. Forgot to get something out to thaw? No problem. I don’t do high maintenance meals that need my undivided attention. Meatloaf is so simple! Freezer to oven, prepare a package or two of scalloped potatoes (out of the box ladies – comfort food!) to go with, and supper is taken care of while I’ve got 45 minutes to do something exciting like laundry. If the recipe looks familiar it’s because it’s exactly the Knorr (formerly Lipton) recipe spread out over more ground beef. It’s an easy way to cut the salt, because neither of my guys like overly salty food.