My rules state that I can’t buy convenience food. To me, that means I can’t bring anything home that I could have fairly easily made myself. This prohibits take-out, microwave dinners, baked goods, ice cream, and anything else I would be tempted to pick up while shopping hungry and short on time. Avoiding convenience food means having things on-hand that I can make quickly. One of my freezer staples is Big-batch Beef.
I bought a bunch of ground beef super-cheap right before a long weekend, and I cooked it all up with onion and garlic. I like to keep the cooking seasoning a bit benign so it can be spiced up whichever way I want, depending on the meal. I cooked four packages. Normally, I would freeze it in single layers on a cookie sheet and then transfer it to bags for storage (this is really the best way). I didn’t do that this time. I’m sure it was a mistake.
We also eat pasta, so much of this frozen beef will become sauce-filler. I’ve also used it in tacos and chili. The recipe says it will keep frozen for three months, but I will probably keep it longer. I play fast and loose with the useful life of food. My Compost Soup is the stuff of legend.