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Homenavarrow Cooking Tips & Advice

Stretching ground beef in recipes

It is often easy to add an extra can of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to stretch out the amount of spaghetti sauce or chili. But especially in a meat-lover's household, it often seems that the amount of ground beef in comparison is skimpy... even when it means getting an entire extra meal out of the sauce.

When you brown ground beef, you are often left with large chunks of beef that seem to stay large, even with your best skills of trying to break them up with the flipper or wooden spoon. There is a quick trick to make that ground beef stretch even more.

Once you have finished browning the ground beef and drained it, pop the entire lot into your food processor and give it a quick whirl. The food processor will quickly turn those chunks into tiny pieces. Then, even when you add extras such as sauce to stretch the recipe, every bite will still have ground beef in it, satisfying your family as well as your budget.

 



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