No, Pound of Ground Crumbles are uncooked (raw) ground beef, just like you would normally use.
The secret is in the clever design of Pound of Ground Crumbles! Simply put, it cooks quickly because small things cook faster than big things! Instead of being a solid brick, or block, of ground beef, each of the individually-frozen ground beef crumbled pieces is loose inside the tray.
Great question! Fresh, ground beef Crumbles are quick-frozen so your ground beef is frozen at peak quality!
Natural beef is defined by the USDA as minimally processed, with no artificial ingredients or added colors.
Cook ground beef to the safe minimum internal temperature of 160 °F (71.1 °C). Use a food thermometer to check that it has reached a safe internal temperature.
Of course! A great feature of Pound of Ground Crumbles ground beef is that you can use as much or as little as you want. Put the remaining, uncooked ground beef in a sealed bag back in the freezer and reuse later. Or, after cooking, it is safe to re-freeze a portion of the cooked ground beef.
Yes! Cook the ground beef as you normally would in the recipe, and freeze a dish as you usually would. Pro tip: When reheating casseroles that have ground beef, be sure the internal temperature reaches 160 °F (73.9 °C).
Fluctuations in temperature can cause the small pieces to soften and stick together. Give the tray a shake to break any pieces apart. Any larger pieces will break apart during cooking: in a covered skillet at medium-high heat, stir to break up any remaining larger pieces. Reminder: Cook ground beef to the minimum internal temperature of 160°F.”
When you get home, freeze Pound of Ground Crumbles as fast as possible to maintain its quality. Store ground beef crumbles at 0° F or below.
Pound of Ground Crumbles should be used within 3 days of thawing for the best quality, taste and experience.
In accordance with USDA Freezing and Food Safety Guidelines, meats that are refrigerator cold, partly frozen (solid), or frozen can be placed into the freezer for later use. You should immediately discard any meat that’s above 40 °F or meat that is exactly 40° F that may have been so for more than 2 hours.
Slight fluctuations in temperature during transportation or storage may cause Pound of Ground to thaw slightly, and form ice crystals. This is okay, and not the same as freezer burn.
According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezer burn does not make food unsafe, merely dry in spots. It appears as grayish-brown leathery spots and is caused by air coming in contact with the surface of the food. Remove freezer-burned portions either before or after cooking the food. Heavily freezer-burned foods may have to be discarded for quality reasons.
Pound of Ground was designed to go right from the freezer to the skillet. But, if you need to thaw, we recommend defrosting Pound of Ground Crumbles overnight. It’s best to plan ahead for slow, safe thawing in the refrigerator. However, in accordance with USDA Freezing and Food Safety Guidelines, there are three safe ways to thaw food:
Check the local requirements where you live! The paperboard sleeve is likely recyclable. The tray, if washed and rinsed and clean of food residue, is potentially recyclable.
If not, here is a quick #hack: use the tray as a receptacle for any drippings you drain off the meat after cooking. See more below!
Dispose grease in your trash can. Like Pound of Ground, it’s three easy steps, like 1-2-3!