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Ground meat is one of the most commonly stocked items in our freezers. There are so many uses for ground meat, it only makes sense to have some on hand at all times. Whether we are looking to make chili, tacos, or stir fry, ground beef comes in handy. On the other hand, we do have to consider the freezing and thawing aspects. This can be a pain in the butt.

This is especially true when we are only looking to use a small portion of the ground meat that we have on hand. Thanks to the help of sutlaf (a YouTube user), we can now avoid the usual annoyances. His method is foolproof and, best of all, it can be accomplished with four simple steps.

Photo: YouTube/sutlaf

To get started, transfer your meat into a freezer bag. Once the meat is inside of the bag, use a wine bottle or a rolling pin to ensure an even meat distribution throughout the bag. This is a crucial aspect of proper ground meat storage. The uneven distribution will cause a host of other unforeseen issues once it comes time to prepare your next dinner.

For the next step, you will need a hard, flat surface of some kind to get the job done. The back of a knife or some chopsticks can be used to slice the meat into smaller portions. As soon as the meat has been sectioned off, you can freeze it. It is truly that simple and there is no catch to speak of. Your life has just been made that much easier.

Photo: YouTube/sutlaf

This method is wonderful for a number of reasons. First of all, you no longer have to waste any meat because you are unable to remove the exact portion that you need. As an added bonus? The meat is able to defrost quicker when it is already arranged in a thin layer. If you need any further pointers, there is a great video below.

The clip will allow you to see this ground meat hack in action. A video like this one is too good not to share with all of your friends and loved ones. At a time like this, we all need to take every step possible to maximize our freezer space. Plus, it’s always nice to be able to cook at home.