It may sound odd, but this is something I came up with when breastfeeding. Bear with me, it may make more sense in a minute.
While breastfeeding I would pump and store extra breast milk in the freezer. I tried all the crazy contraptions they had for storing milk but found they took too much room in the freezer and normally took too long to defrost. So I came up with what I called ‚Äúthe gift bag trick‚ÄĚ.
I found a gift bag that could fit a breast milk bag lying flat on the bottom. I then cut a ¬Ĺ inch slit on one side of the bag and used it as a dispenser for frozen flat bags of milk. Think upside down pez dispenser.
This solved three problems for me. 1.) Storage – All the milk was now in one gift bag I could keep on the side of the freezer, 2.) Quick Defrosting ‚Äď The bags were flat so just running them under warm water would defrost them in seconds! and 3.) Milk Management – The upside down nature of the ‚Äúdispenser‚ÄĚ had me placing newer bags on top and removing older bags through the bottom. It was truly perfect!
So I took this same concept and used it with ground meat. Normally I buy lean ground beef and turkey in bulk (when possible). Then I separate the meat into 8 oz bags, flattening them for storage and quick defrosting. Not a bad idea! Huh?
Seriously, when I forget to defrost something for dinner this is a lifesaver. I‚Äôll pull one out and run it under water to defrost and viola! Meat for dinner!