Welcome to a new five week series entitled Working Ahead. Each week I'll focus on one area where I do prep for a meal or meals in advance. Most of what I prepare ahead of time goes into my tiny freezer, but some things are short term and go to the fridge for the next day.
My husband and I love to grill out during the summer months. Heck, we've been known to grill out in February. Unfortunately my 7 year old son, often does not enjoy foods prepared on the grill as much as we do. I believe it's mostly because we usually fix steak or seafood. He doesn't like seafood and often finds beef too tough for him to chew.
He will, however, eat a hamburger prepared on the grill, often with some homemade barbeque sauce. To cut down on prep time, I take a pound of ground beef and make 4 hamburger patties ahead of time. These are stored in a vintage Tupperware set that forms the patties with the aid of a little press. The containers snap together one on top of another. I then freeze the hamburger patties and can take one out of the freezer when needed.
If you don't have a handy-dandy little set like mine, you can form your patties then lay them out on a cookie sheet. Place that in the freezer until the patties are frozen. Then you can remove them from the cookie sheet, put them in a zipper bag and store them in the freezer until needed.
Find the whole "Working Ahead" series here.