How to Pick Ground Beef
The possibilities with ground beef are seemingly endless, though you’ll probably want to pay the most attention to cost and fat content. Naturally, the lower the fat content, the higher the price. A leaner meat; however, may not taste as moist and flavorful, so keep that in mind if you’re making a meal that’s prone to dryness (like meatloaf or hamburgers). Sometimes the extra fat can make or break a dish.
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How to Thaw Ground Beef
Like other meats, the best way to thaw ground beef is to leave it in the refrigerator. If you’re in a pinch, take out your frozen meat and place it on a plate under running cold water. A microwave may also work, but it is likely to start cooking your meat, which you’ll want to avoid.
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Savory, moderately spicy Mexican picadillo varies slightly in the details—here, we cook ground beef with onion, sweet peppers, oregano, and spices. Pimiento-stuffed green olives and dried currants give it salty-sweet undertones, the perfect filling to find in a flaky, buttery shell.
Game plan: You can prepare the picadillo filling up to 2 days before you assemble the pies. You can make the dough and refrigerate it for up to 1 day, or store it in the freezer for up to a month (transfer it to the fridge for thawing the day before you plan to make the pies).