12 lbs of Ground beef, WWYD?

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My BIL is out of town and his daughter discovered the freezer was unplugged.  I don't know how much ground beef was in the freezer from a couple of cows they had processed but only part of it was still frozen.  That was put in another freezer and I gave away some but still have 12 lbs to cook today.

My game plan is to make a big pot of meaty tomato sauce and turn that into lasagna, baked ziti, and put a few containers up for spaghetti later.  I'm also going to make some meatballs and freeze those.  I don't have the makings for chili or I would make up a pot of that, too.  I think that will use it all up but I'm open to any other ideas.  I know that I do not like ground beef that has been browned and then frozen.  To me, it tastes old when I use it later.  

Just curious, what would you do in that situation?
 

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12 lbs is quite a bit. That'll make like 5 gallons at least!

In addition to meatballs maybe some meatloaf?  Freeze that too.
 
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b.b.q season is here ( well for me I have mine going year round even in the sub zero weather ,die hard grill gal that I am) How about Burgers? Make up a batch of patties and freeze.
 
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We did have burgers for dinner last night so used 1.5 lbs (still have 12 lbs today) for those. I have never frozen a cooked burger so wasn't sure how well that would work.  Do they taste ok after being frozen?
 
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Oh no I meant frozen raw burgers ...you know the old fashion way mom used  to do with a  pattie stacker.
They freeze well and taste like fresh to me when I  pull out as needed.
 
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This meat was already frozen and then thawed because the freezer was unplugged.  I think it will lose quality if I freeze it raw again but thanks for the suggestion!  I do that when I buy a lot of fresh meat and especially if we're going camping.  It works great to throw in the cooler frozen and cook a day or two later after it thaws.
 
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You could just brown it and then vacuum bag for use in chili, spaghetti sauce etc.
 
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I ended up with:
1 gallon meaty tomato sauce for freezer
1 large pan of lasagna
1 small pan of lasagna
1 2 lb meat loaf
1 gallon of meatballs
1 large pot of chili (found enough ingredients in the pantry)
and 1 lb leftover to use tomorrow
 
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hmmm.  One pound left.  Some shepherd's pie?


P.S.  I've found if you brown off the ground beef it'll hold at least a few more days in the fridge without getting funky, in case you need more time to decide.
 
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what? no hamburger helper? lol.

Charron, that would be "Cottage pie" ;) 
 
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 f its been thawed fully, do not refreeze. If it still contains ice crystals throuhout then you can. I would brown it off and store in airtight plastic bags. or make a meat loaf and cook off.
 
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