How to Store Meatballs
Cooked meatballs can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to four days. You can also individually wrap larger meatballs in aluminum foil for maximum freshness.
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How to Freeze Meatballs
To freeze meatballs, simply transfer them from the fridge if they are already stored in appropriate airtight packaging. If not, meatballs can be placed in a freezer-safe container or bag. Be sure to eliminate as much air as possible prior to storing and you'll have fresh meatballs up to four months after freezing.
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Meatballs can thawed in a microwave, but be sure to turn them frequently and consume immediately. You can also bake frozen meatballs on a cookie sheet at 350° for 25-30 minutes. For those who aren't in a rush, placing the frozen meatballs in the refrigerator is always the most effective thawing method.
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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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Put on a spin on an Italian-American standard with this Spaghetti and Bone Marrownara Meatballs recipe from chef Richard Blais’s new cookbook, So Good. The pork-and-beef meatballs are made light and fluffy with ricotta cheese mixed in, along with a medley of fresh herbs (basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, and parsley), while the hearty marinara sauce is enriched with tomato paste, red wine, and bone marrow. You can get marrow bones or soup bones from the meat counter, and ask your butcher to chop them up for you, to make extracting the luscious marrow easier. Stir the cooked spaghetti into the garlicky red sauce so it coats every strand, and finish the dish with toasted bread crumbs and grated Parmesan. This might just be the best plate of spaghetti and meatballs you’ll ever eat.
Because you can never have too much pasta, get our Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti recipe, and our Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs recipe too.