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Old 01-21-2008, 06:08 PM   #6
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Re: What to do w/ 17 lbs. lean hamburger?

Here is what i would do:
Get all your ingrediants and set aside several hours and make and cook the meatballs, the taco meat, chilling ,etc. all at once. Then put in freezer safe(serving size or family size servings) bags or containers(not glass). Don't forget to mark them as to what they are.
For chilli-beans and all will freeze well. Chilli to me actually tastes better after it has been frozen.

Found the chili recipe:
It is from yahoo group member margo:
"here is my chili recipe - perfected over the years - lol
Mom's chili VERY TNT

3# ground beef
1 large onion, diced
chopped peppers (banana or pepperocini) to taste
2 cans stewed tomatoes with sauce, cut up tomatoes
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
2 cans pinto beans, drained
1 large (16 oz) can tomato sauce (add'l 8 oz can if needed)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder (or to taste - I use a lot less!)
tobasco sauce - to taste (I use 2-4 drops)
2 bay leaves

In colander, over glass bowl, brown hamburger in microwave on
HIGH - 4 minutes. Stir, add onion and peppers. Cook 3 minutes
at a time and stir until hamburger done (10-12 minutes total
Meanwhile, add everything but bay leaf to large pot or dutch oven.
Add meat, stir together, and put bay leaves on top
cook medium heat until bubbling, sitrring occasionally.
Lower heat to 2-3 on scale of 10. cook 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring
(Don't forget to take bay leaves out when stirring!)
Remove bay leaves to serve.

Anyway, this makes a LOT and the weather turned nice the next
day (not chili weather at all), so I put the "leftovers" into a
freezer bag, pressed out as much air as I could and put it in our
chest freezer - that was 2/7/03. We thawed and ate it on 5/6/03
which as a cold, rainy blustery day (perfect chili weather) and it was
even better the second time around.
As you will note all the beans etc are canned - maybe they freeze
better that way than if you make them from dry yourself .....


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