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.
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Air Fryer, Southwest Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers (KETO)
This is a really easy KETO dish. The air fryer really does a great job at the begigning of the recipe by roasting the peppers, within minutes. And then at the end, the air fryer does a great job infusing all of the flavors together. So much easier and faster, than using the oven.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 30
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
- 1 green pepper, cut in half and de-seeded
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 pound ground meat (lean)
- 1 cup KETO friendly tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- Cilantro-Lime Cream (KETO friendly)
- Start by cutting your pepper in half, and removing the seeds. Then spread the olive oil over the peppers, and place them in the air fryer basket or tray. Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a skillet, brown the ground meat, and then add the tomato sauce and taco seasoning into the browned meat, mix well.
- Then carefully fill your bell peppers with the ground meat mixture.
- Place them upright in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 330 degrees F. (air fryer setting)
- Then spread the cheddar cheese on top, and air fry util the cheese is melted (watch the air fryer, as soon as the cheese is melted remove)
- I used cilantro-lime crema as a dressing, which is KETO friendly.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!
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