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Batch cooking meatballs

Batch cooking meatballs
4 dozen meatballs in the freezer ✔️


  • 5 lb ground beef
  • Freeze-dried onions
  • Freeze-dried kale
  • 1/4 cup flour (mixed with spices)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Italian seasoning 

✔️Mix together
✔️Form into balls 
✔️Cook (350F for 40 minutes)

The story

My mom gave me a box of store-bought meatballs.
I didn’t like how they tasted but I liked the convenience of having cooked meatballs in the freezer.

So I bought 5 lbs of ground beef and made my own.

I used my Danish Dough Hook to break up the meat and to stir in the spices.

I then mixed spices into some flour and mixed that into the meat.

I also added half a cup of freeze-dried broth. I didn’t have any beef broth so I had to use dried chicken broth instead.

Next was to form it into balls.
My cookie scoop hasn’t been working right so I used a tablespoon measuring spoon instead.

4 dozen meatballs later …

I took the oven rack from my upper oven and added it to my lower oven (love having the two ovens) and I cooked three trays of meatballs at the same time.

I thought that I was going to have to rotate them but after 40 minutes (I think it was) at 350F, all three trays were done cooking.

The taste-test got two thumbs up from Rick (thank goodness.. should have cooked one first and tested it before cooking the rest of them.)

Next: let them cool and put them all into one tray and into the freezer. 

Tomorrow, I will put them all into a freezer container (probably a ziplock bag) and I will have them for making: 
  • Pasta and meatballs
  • Meatball subs
  • Sliders / mini-burgers
  • Hor d’oeuvres

My simple life includes doing batch cooking, saving me time later - and buying in bulk saves money!

What else can I use these for?
- Debbie

a simpler life