Muffin Tins For Leftovers?

Today was a rare day in the way that I was cooking just for me.   Tacos sounded good and I had 1/2 pound of frozen hamburger along with a little cheese and a potato.   “Potato”, you ask?   Yes!  I am a little odd and like a small amount of taco meat on a potato.   I know my stomach does well with potatoes, so YES, a potato and taco meat.

As I am cooking the meat, I know I am only going to eat about 1/3 of a cup.   The next day my tummy will not accept the taco meat, so it sits in the fridge for many days and seems to end up in the trash. 

How can I prevent all that money going into the landfill?   I bright bulb came on in my head and the image of a muffin tin glistened.  This is perfect!  I can portion it out based on what I can tolerate. 

Cook up the meat as normal, let the leftovers cool, divide it into muffin tins and set it in the freezer.   I keep mine in the freezer for a good 24 hours (to ensure it is solid) and put the taco meat pucks into a freezer bag or storage container.   Next time I want tacos, I simply grab one, heat it and enjoy! 


This can be done for all sorts of things in mini, large or regular size muffin tins:


  • Shredded chicken
  • Shredded pork
  • Ground turkey
  • Diced up ham
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soups
  • Anything pureed


The key to doing this is to make sure that the container you put the frozen product into, is of good quality so air does not get into it and therefore, it will last longer in the freezer. 


If you are going to do this on a frequent basis, I suggest you spend the money to get the silicone muffin tins.   The food comes out of them so much easier!



3 responses to this post.

  1. This is genius!


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