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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Real Bolognese (in Italian, ragù alla bolognese) is a pasta sauce all about time and patience—it can take as long as 6 hours to simmer aromatic vegetables, ground meats, wine, milk, and tomatoes into a rich amalgam. You can turn all that carefully attended stovetop production into something more manageable by pulling out the slow cooker. Patience is still a factor (your nonna wouldn’t have it any other way), but the sauce can simmer away on its own, while you go do something else. Our recipe is based on Lori Lange’s Slow Cooker Bolognese. We recommend our garlic bread recipe for dipping.