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Scott Tranter, owner of Crazy Otto's Empire Diner in Herkimer and host of CNY Flavor, knows how to make magic in the kitchen.
Cooking: How to Save Money Buying Ground Beef
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Diner wizard Scott Tranter, owner of Crazy Otto's Empire Diner in Herkimer and host of CNY Flavor, knows how to make magic in the kitchen. For more of his tips, visit www.cnyflavor.com or www.crazyottosempirediner.com.
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Jan. 31, 2013 12:01 a.m.



Most ground beef recipes call for a pound of ground beef.   Everything from chili to casseroles.  But buying ground beef one pound at a time is certainly not the cheapest way to go.  It may seem easier, but in the long run, you are making more work for yourself and costing yourself extra money to boot. 



Buying ground beef in a five pound chub is a great way to save some money.   By buying in the 5 pound chub, you can actually cut the ground beef yourself  into five one pound portions and freeze some for later use.



Simply cut the chub lengthwise right down the top to slice off the wrapping.  Turn upside down and flip the beef out of the package.  Discard the package.  Score the top of the chub into five equal pieces as a guide.   Take a longer knife and just cut straight down.  Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze in airtight plastic sealable bags for up to three months. 



Always thaw ground beef in the refrigerator, never on the kitchen counter.  You may thaw ground beef in the microwave but watch carefully as the ends may start to actually cook. 



One serving of cooked ground beef is four ounces.  One pound, or 16 ounces,  of raw ground beef equals two cups of ground beef.



You can check out my video on saving money on ground beef by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnSGvvFDeo.

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