Posted on: 26 May 2021
Food preservation and preparation have become an increasingly popular trend among consumers. Whether you are a homeowner who is increasing your preparation efforts or a food service business looking to capitalize on this trend, one of the things that you should think about is the different options for preserving bulk ground beef orders. Having ground beef preserved in a variety of different ways will give you the ability to utilize it in many different ways and will help ensure your food security. Here's a look at some of the ways that you can preserve ground meat.
The best, and most efficient, way to freeze ground beef is to divide it up into meal-sized portions, press it until it is flat and thin, wrap it in freezer paper, then pack it in an airtight bag. This method helps the meat to freeze faster because you increase the surface area and reduce the density. The faster it freezes, the better the quality will be. Additionally, the combination of freezer paper and an airtight bag helps to prevent freezer burn.
While freezing may be the most popular option, especially in homes, it's not the safest. When you freeze your ground beef, the lifespan is dependent upon your access to electricity to keep the freezer at temperature. Extended power failures could result in lost meat.
The most common method for dehydrating ground beef is to turn it into jerky.
Start by marinating your ground beef in a marinade of your choice. Leave it there for about 24 hours before you drain and shape the jerky. Use a ground beef jerky gun to pack and shape your jerky pieces. Lay those pieces on a dehydrator tray and run the dehydrator at 140-degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is important for preventing bacteria. It can take anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours for your jerky to dry. When it bends and cracks, but doesn't break, it's done.
Once you've finished dehydrating the ground beef jerky, place it on a baking tray and put it into a 275-degree oven until a thermometer reads 160 degrees inside the center of the jerky strips. Let the strips cool, then pack them in an airtight container.
Canning your ground beef will allow you to store it shelf-stable for several years. When you can ground beef, brown it first. Then, pack it into clean canning jars, leaving an inch of headspace to the rim. Add boiling beef broth or water to the jar, preserving that inch of headspace. Add a lid and ring to the jar, turning the ring until it's finger tight. Process the jars in a pressure canner according to the recommendations for your altitude to ensure that the meat is safely preserved.Share