Quick to Make-Ahead Meatballs

“Frugal” doesn’t always have to mean “cheap.”  It can also mean that you’re making the best use of your time.  Make this easy recipe once and you’ll have enough for 3-4 meals. Now that’s frugal!


4 pounds of lean ground beef
4 cups of dry bread crumbs
2 cups milk
2 tsp salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until well-combined.  (Note: When it comes to mixing meatballs, clean hands are better than spoons.)  Form the meat mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet with shallow sides.  Bake 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through to brown on both sides.  Makes about six dozen meatballs, depending on the size.


Flash freeze by putting meatballs in a shallow, open container and putting in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or until frozen.  Seal in 1 lb packages.  Store no more than two months.  Thaw overnight in the fridge or in the microwave.