Ground beef is one of the most common meats purchased at the local grocery stores. The average person consumes about 221 pounds each year, which means that we are eating a huge quantity of meat. Some of the most popular dishes for ground beef are obviously burgers and tacos, but there are many more dishes that can be made. When ground beef goes on sale, I always stock up on it, because I love being able to stretch a dollar for my family.
I thought I would provide some guidelines for you,
Tips For Purchasing Ground Beef:
- There are actually a number of different cuts of meat that are sold as “ground beef.” The cuts include chuck, roast or sirloin. The label may or may not reflect this. the most common cut that is used in the United States supermarkets is chuck steak.
- Also look for bright red meat, when you purchase it, anything that is brown or gray is old, and past the sell date (or close to).
- The package should be free of any tears or cuts since exposure to the air will reduce the quality of the meat.
- Use a freezer or refrigerated bags or better yet a cooler, to transport your meat home, especially during the summer or hot months.
How to Store Ground Beef:
The best way to store ground beef is in y our refrigerator or meat drawer, whichever one is colder. It is best to use ground beef up within two days, once the meat turns from bright red to gray or brown, it is not safe to eat and should be disposed of. Cooked ground beef can be stored between 3 to 4 days.
Frozen ground beef can be safely stored for about 3-4 months, if uncooked. Cooked frozen ground beef can be
How to Defrost Ground Beef:
The best way to defrost ground meat is to take it from the freezer and place it directly into the refrigerator. Depending on how big the package is, the meat should be defrosted within a day. Be careful as the meat defrosts, some of the juices will come out, so it’s best to place it in either another dish or a ziplock freezer bag, as it defrosts. Use the defrosted meat and any ground beef between 1 to 2 days.
What Do The Differences of Leanness Mean?
If you enter a meat department, you are suddenly faced with a number of choices and numbers, the price that you pay for ground meat will depend on the leanness of the meat that you purchase. The higher the percentage of leanest, the healthier the meat is, but at the same time, the less fat content has the less flavor it has as well since they both go hand in hand. Here is a quick reference chart, which will help you decipher those numbers.
73% Lean, means that the meat is really good for burgers, chili, soups, sloppy joes, etc. Since those dishes really do better with the extra juice that the fat provides.
80-85% Lean: this meat is really ideal for meatballs, meatloaf, and hamburgers. It has a nice flavor, without having a lot of extra fat.
93% Lean: This ground beef works especially well in ground beef dishes that require crumbling, such as tacos, stuffed peppers, casserole, and other low-fat dishes.
Ground Beef Safely Cooked:
Ground beef should be tested with a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be at LEAST 160 degrees F. To test for temperature, simply stick your thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
Here is how to make the Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, in your very own home.
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Air Fryer, Mexican Pizza (Taco Bell Copycat Recipe)
Here is how to make the Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, in your very own home. For any air fryer that is small than the Omni, just subsitute the large tortillas for small ones, this will work for the basket air fryers as well.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 35
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Pizza, Appetizer
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: Mexican
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 ounces taco sauce (this is for the taco meat, you will use another 8 ounces during the assembling of the pizza.)
- 1 package large flour tortillas (substitute for smaller ones, if using a smaller or basket air fryer)
- 16 ounces refried beans
- 8 ounces of taco sauce
- 3 cups Taco Cheese (or Mexican cheese)
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1 green onion sliced
- 1 cup olives
- sour cream, guacamole, etc.
- Start by browning your meat, you can either do this in the air fryer or in a skillet. Today, I chose the skillet.
- Once the meat is fully brown, add the taco sauce, water, and taco seasoning. Mix well, then return to the burner, and simmer for about 4 minutes, until everything is warm.
- Spray your air fryer tray with olive oil. Then place a tortilla down. (If you have a smaller air fryer or a basket air fryer, you can still make this, just use the smaller tortillas)
- Spread the refried beans on top of the tortilla.
- Then spoon on the taco meat. Spread both the refried beans and taco meat, so they cover the entire tortilla.
- Then place another tortilla directly on the refried and taco meat, pressing to seal it.
- Spread some taco sauce on, so it covers the top shell and then sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
- Place in the air fryer basket or oven, and set the temperature to 300 degrees F, for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped tomatoes, scallions, sour cream, olives, etc.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!
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