I began batch cooking ground beef when I found a batch cooking tutorial on Christy Jordan's Southern Plate website several years ago. My technique is a little different, so you may want to check out her site too (which has step-by-step pictures) and see what works for you. Here's what I do:
- Place a large portion (5+ pounds) of ground beef in a large pot, and cover with water.
- Use a potato masher to make a mushy mess!
- Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Use the masher to lift what's on the bottom, or you'll end up with a really big hamburger patty down there :)
- When the meat is browned, drain it in a large colander placed in a larger bowl. Let it drain for about 5 minutes.
- Place colander on a plate covered with paper towels, and let it drain for another 5 minutes.
- After meat has cooled enough to handle, dip out two "1 cup" scoops and place in a quart sized Ziploc bag.
- Remove air and seal the bag. Flatten it as much as possible.
These bags will be used to make spaghetti sauce, taco meat, chili beans, etc. It's a real time-saver!
If you are a REAL batch cooker (as I aspire to be), I'd love to hear your tips or get links to your posts about it!