The first thing I do when buying meat at Sam's is divide and freeze it. About once a month I buy 4 lbs of ground turkey (Shane likes it better than ground beef), whole chickens, and a pack of steaks or pork chops. When I get home, I divide the ground turkey up into 8. I put 2 of the 8 sections into ziplock bags and freeze them. Then I cook the rest with some onion, salt, pepper, and garlic in a skillet until brown. I then re-divide the meat, bag it, and stick it in the freezer. I cook some of the ground turkey in order to make some meals like spaghetti and nachos a little more instant on late nights or when I'm just cooking for one. For steaks and pork chops I pack each individually in sandwich bags, then freeze.
Why I buy Whole Chickens
(Don't read if you are a vegetarian or grossed out by meat)
brought them home and cut them up...
I hand pull the cooked meat off the bones and put it all in a ziplock bag.
Last but not least, I have 8 cups of chicken broth to bag!
So I was able to take 2 whole chickens and get breasts, wings, thighs, drumsticks, about 1 lb shredded meat, and enough chicken broth for at least 2 meals! That's over 8 meals of chicken (each breast is about 1) for Shane and I with generous servings! Here's what I plan on making with all of this meat:
- Bbq Chicken Sandwiches
- Hot Wings
- Fried Chicken
- Chicken Pasta
- Grilled Chicken
- Tortilla Soup
I hope I have encouraged and taught some of you how to get meat for less! The first time it took about 30 minutes for me to cut up the first chicken (I had to watch a couple of youtube videos to figure out what I was doing), but the second chicken took less than 2 minutes!