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
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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.
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.
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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.