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 “the gift bag trick”.
I found a gift bag that could fit a breast milk bag lying flat on the bottom. I then cut a ½ 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 – 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 “dispenser” 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’ll pull one out and run it under water to defrost and viola! Meat for dinner!