I hate browning ground beef. There. I said it. I know it’s not hard but I still hate it. Anytime my daughter-in-law is handy when I’m browning ground beef, I talk her into doing it. She’s a master. She browns ground beef better than anyone I know.
Anyway, I read about a technique where you can brown ground beef in your crock pot. I hadn’t done it yet because I didn’t believe it would work. But guess what? It does. I used this technique the other day and it was awesome! It’s especially great if you have a lot of ground beef to brown. You can easily toss 5 pounds of beef in the crock pot at one time. Several hours later, let it cool, divide it into one pound servings and pop in the freezer for another day.
Here’s what you do:
- Put ground beef into crock pot on HIGH – frozen or thawed.
- After about an hour, break up the meat, especially if you put it in frozen.
- After about 2-1/2 hours for thawed meat and 3 or so hours for frozen meat, check beef to be sure no pink remains. If done, remove beef from crock pot. Rinse (if desired – it removes extra fat and cools the beef down faster), divide into freezer bags, label and put in your freezer for another day. Or, of course, you can use it immediately.
Have you ever browned ground beef in your crock pot?