What’s Inside: In this article, I share a much easier way to bulk cook ground meat. It works for any kind of ground meat, such as ground beef, ground pork, or even things like ground turkey sausage. Bulk cooking ground meat comes in handy if you’re cooking for a crowd, or if you want to more easily prepare some freezer meals for just you or your own little family.
Today, I’m spilling the beans on a clever kitchen trick that’s going to revolutionize your relationship with bulk cooking ground meat. This is all about making your life easier, your meal prep more efficient, and of course, keeping those taste buds happy. Get ready to say adieu to the hot, sizzling stovetop and hello to the comfort of your oven!
The Oven Method: A New Approach to Bulk Cooking Ground Meat
Picture this: you’re standing by the stove, breaking up chunk after chunk of ground meat, trying to get it all to brown, all while trying to manage a mountain of other meal prep tasks. Sounds too familiar? Well, I’ve got news for you – there’s another way, and it involves your trusty oven.
Bulk Cooking Ground Meat In Your Oven (Video)
In the video above, I show you step-by-step how to bulk cook ground meat in the oven. In the video, I cook up three pounds of ground Italian turkey sausage. Since I was only cooking three pounds of ground meat, I used my countertop oven.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Bulk Cooking Ground Meat in Your Oven
Here are the step-by-step instructions for bulk cooking ground meat in your oven.
Choose the Right Size Baking Sheet
Keep in mind, the size of your baking sheet (and your oven) will determine how much meat you can cook at once. For example, when I was cooking 3 pounds of ground turkey sausage, I used the baking sheet that comes with my countertop oven. But, if you’re dealing with about 10 pounds of ground meat, you’ll need two large baking sheets and a full-size oven.
Prep Your Baking Sheet and Preheat Your Oven
There are just two simple steps to take to set the stage for success.
First, let’s set the stage for an easy clean-up. Line your baking sheet with foil. Trust me, your future self will thank you!
Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Break Up Your Ground Meat
Now, spread your ground meat onto the prepared baking sheet. A ground meat chopping tool is perfect for this job, but if you don’t have one handy, a good old spatula or wooden spoon will do just fine.
But really, the meat chopping tool makes the job easier, and costs just a few bucks, so unless you’re standing there with a ton of ground meat you need to cook up today, it’s worth grabbing one of these handy dandy meat chopping tools on Amazon.
Cook, Drain, and Repeat
Next, pop your ground meat into the oven and let it cook for about 10 minutes. After this, take it out, and drain off some of the grease by tilting the sheet pan at an angle.
Next, break up the meat a bit more with your meat chopping tool (Amazon).
Pop your ground meat back into the oven for another 10 minutes. After round two, drain any remaining fat.
The Last Step in Bulk Cooking Ground Meat
At this point, your meat should be fully cooked. Use your meat chopping tool one last time to break the ground meat into smaller bits, and voila! You now have a ton of ground meat ready to go for a big party, or if you’re like me, for freezer meals.
Why Switch to the Oven Method for Bulk Cooking Ground Meat?
So, what’s so great about this oven method? Here are a few reasons why it’s a game-changer:
While your meat is happily cooking in the oven, you’re free to tackle other meal prep tasks. For instance, you can chop onions and other vegetables, get out your freezer bags, measure out spices, and more. No more juggling between stirring meat and slicing veggies!
The oven method of bulk cooking ground meat lets you cook a large amount of meat at once. The deal is, if you’re like me and are working in a normal kitchen, with normal size skillets, when bulk cooking ground meat, you have to cook your meat in several batches. This is time consuming and tiring. Bulk cooking ground meat in the oven makes it possible to say goodbye to time-consuming stovetop batches.
It’s Just Plain Easier
Whether you’re hosting a party or bulk cooking freezer meals, this method is a lifesaver. With this method, you can whip up enough ground meat for 10 freezer meals in just 20 minutes. And during that time, you can get all of your other ingredients ready. Talk about a win-win!
So, there you have it – a stress-free, efficient way to bulk cook ground meat. Go ahead, give it a try and tell us how it went. Happy cooking, folks!
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