Do you ever find yourself in the situation where you want to make dinner quickly, but the ground turkey or beef you wanted to use is frozen in one large, solid hunk? Maybe you just want to add a little bit of Italian sausage to the pasta sauce for flavor, but there’s no way to scrape off enough to be useful.
Lucky for us Biggie at Lunch in a Box is always thinking creatively and has offered up an idea (that she plucked from one of her Japanese freezing books) that makes it easy to break off a little bit of frozen meat in order to make quick work of meals. She advises that when you put the meat in a freezer bag, press it as flat as possible (squeezing out all the air). When it is sealed, gently score it with a chopstick or other long, flat utensil so that it’s easy to break off pieces without defrosting the whole thing. This also works well with thick sauces.