Where to find pre-cooked beef?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 09, 2012 at 8:47 PM

In a previous food life, I used to cook with a lot of those pre-cooked chicken strips when I didn't have time to do it from scratch. I don't have the time to cook from scratch often times now so I don't eat enough meat, resulting in undesirable weight loss, or I stay up late to make the time, also not a good scenario. Is there any way to take this shortcut with higher quality meat? I found some Pineland beef for cheese steaks in the supermarket but it isn't grass fed. Where else might I look? I haven't seen cooked beef strips - did I miss them? There's a Whole Foods near me but I don't go enough to determine if I missed it somewhere.



on January 09, 2012
at 11:11 PM

I made a stew in my slow cooker this weekend. It was enough for 5 meals. After it was done, I threw in 2 lbs. of soup bones and making beef broth. Not sure how many cups that's making yet, but it will be well over 10 cups. The extra is going in the freezer next to the bowls of stew. Your best bet really is to take an hour or so on your weekend and pre-cook. Otherwise you'll have very low quality meat sitting in your freezer. You can oven bake bacon in 15 minutes, grill several steaks in 15-20 minutes, hamburger patties, chicken breasts, salmon filets.



on January 09, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Pre-cooking on weekends isn't an option? Or an "eternal" slow-cooked stew in the fridge at all times?

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Just pre-cook a bunch and freeze it for when you have no time to cook.



on January 09, 2012
at 10:51 PM

There's pre-cooked strips out there (similar to the chicken ones). But it might depend on your area. I use it a lot for beef fajitas for example. However, they're not the "best quality" meat. For that, you'll have to cook on your own, slice, then freeze. Do it on weekends like the others mention.



on January 09, 2012
at 10:50 PM

It isn't grass-fed, but Costco's got some pre-cooked prime rib that I'm told is very tasty.



on January 10, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I haven't looked at much pre-cooked meat, but most I've seen has funky stuff added to it to preserve it. It is low quality and not always all meat. You might as well go to Taco whatever.

As others have suggested, pre-cooking when you have the time is a good idea. Pre-cooked ground grassfed beef is about as flexible as you get. Even if you don't pre-cook it, it takes all of five minutes to brown up with some spices. Throw on some greens with guac and you have 10 minutes taco salad.


on January 10, 2012
at 02:16 AM

I have found my crockpot to be my best friend since I started eating Paleo. You can even combine cooking over the weekend with your crock pot and fill up your freezer/refridgerator pretty quick!!

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