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Every few weeks the different grocery markets have London broil and top round roasts on sale for $1.79-$1.99 per pound. What I do is go to the butcher at the market and tell him/her that I want 10 or 15 or 20 pounds of the roasts made into ground meat. I do this all of the time. Sometimes you will see in the AD that the roast will be sold as roast only. Then you can't do it. However, if that isn't mentioned go ahead and have them grind to your heart's content. You will save a lot of money.
By Anita from Schenectady, NY
A lot of recipes call for 1 pound of beef. Hamburger helpers, tacos, etc. To get an extra meal I use 3/4 of a pound of meat. I get the same flavor but more bang for my buck. So that way a 3 pound pack of beef will be good for 4 meals.
Then I'll include something else to supplement the meal. For example when I make hamburger helper. I'll make a salad (I'll get those bags of salad for 99 cents and add some tomatoes), for tacos since it doesn't make as much meat I'll make a can of re-fried beans so we layer meat and beans in our tacos.
My family loves it! With lasagna I'll add more cheese layers since meat is still more expensive than cheese.
By Parsnip39 from USA
I have been shocked at how expensive ground beef has been lately. But I found a way around the higher prices! At my supermarket, ground beef is $2.69 per pound. So a 4 pound pack is $10.76. BUT, When I go to the freezer section, a 4 pound box of frozen hamburger patties is only $6.99 for the box.
I buy the box of patties, and then at home I thaw out 4 patties. When they are thawed, you can cook them just like you would a pound of ground beef. You can mix them together with herbs to make meatloaf of Salisbury steak, you can break the meat up for hamburger helper, or just cook them as burgers.
Using this tip saves a lot of money. I saved $3.77 for 4 pounds of ground beef, or $0.94 per pound!
By Shannon from Lakewood, OH
A few weeks ago I came upon a ground beef bargain. The expiration date was nearing and my supermarket needed to get rid of 10 pounds of ground beef. I decided to try something different, albeit a little weird.
I put the entire 10 pounds of raw ground beef into a big stock pot. I added enough water to cover the meat and set the pot over high heat to let the water come to a boil -- no cover, no salt. After about 5 minutes, I gave it a stir to break up the big clumps, which were few. The hot water was doing all of my work for me -- no splatters, no mess. When all of the pink color disappeared I knew it was done, even though it had not started to boil.
We have a presto-sealer machine. I stuff the bags and my husband does the sealing part of it so it doesn't take as long. The bags are kind of pricey, but we can reuse them once or twice even though it says to throw them away. Heck ya, they are going to tell you that! I won't reuse a poultry bag. When cleaning them thoroughly with soapy water, then I dry them thoroughly and then store them away in a dust free place with paper towels stuffed in them. Next time I use them I just clip off the top straight. No more freezer burn and it's great having all those flat packages in the freezer. They thaw out fairly quickly too.
The $1.08 a lb. ground beef is in Marion, Arkansas. One time they had it for 98 cents a few weeks ago! They run their hamburger on a good price maybe once every two or three months. Just a small market with only two stores, Marion Market.
Some of the things I use this in are, creamed hamburger on toast or biscuits, chili, chili dogs, tacos, spaghetti, goulash, manwich, sloppy joes, or hamburger helper. Makes a great quick meal.
Feel free to post your ideas below.
Depending on the size of your family, thaw and brown a number of pounds of ground meat on a set day every week. It will stay good in your refrigerator and will make easy meals whenever you use it.
For ground beef, substitute 3/4 lb for any recipe calling for 1 lb. It adds up to savings over time and no one will miss it.
When I buy ground round, I buy ten pounds at a time and make twenty 1/4 pound burgers, freeze them with Press and Seal; the rest I freeze in one pound bundles with the Press and Seal and then a Ziploc bag.
To save money on ground hamburger, turkey, etc. I buy it in bulk right before the 'best sold by date'. This way I get $2 to $3 off and often get hamburger for $1/lb! Then I separate it into pound amounts and freeze them for use when I need it.
When my grocery store puts ground beef on sale, I buy the larger size package and separate it at home. Using my kitchen scale, I weigh out about 3/4 pound chunks. I put each chunk into a plastic bag to refrigerate until it is time for that chunk to be browned.
I wait till the grocery stores have whole sirloin tips on sale. They are usually less than $2.50/lb. I buy and have them ground up for hamburger. This is about half the price of regular hamburger.
Being a busy mom I find myself trying to save time and money at the grocery store. Here is how I have saved money and time with ground beef or chuck:
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When buying ground beef, I usually buy a 10 lb. roll and bring it home and divide it up into my own freezer bags in whatever size package I want. Saves time at the grocery store as well as saving me a little money for buying the larger amount.
I do that also and often brown a good portion of the meat with seasonings that I like and package it in sandwich size ziplocs for the freezer. What a timesaver when getting a meal on the table fast. (11/06/2004)
I also like to get a bulk amount of ground beef when on sale. I don't have a big family and while it was an initial investment the FoodSaver is a blessing. I have had ground beef in the freezer for months without any freezer burn. I either leave it raw or take the time to brown it off. That way it's ready for any seasoning you want to add once it's reheated.
By Vicky K