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Bulk Cooking Ground Beef in a Slow Cooker


  • Beef (I usually do 5 pounds at a time, but my 6-quart slow cooker can handle up to 7-8 pounds)
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder


  • Break ground beef up into smaller pieces in the slow cooker.
  • Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. It can be tricky to know how much, especially if you’re doing 5-8 pounds of meat at a time. Just guess. You can always add seasoning after it cooks.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I found it took the full 8 hours for me.
  • Drain. Use the biggest strainer that you have - or maybe do half at a time.
  • Let cool and package into smaller portions into freezer bags (don't forget to label the bags).
  • To freeze, I lay the packages onto a cookie sheet (so that they lay flat), freeze them overnight, then I can stack them in the freezer any way that I want.