Having mince in the freezer means there’s always a quick, easy meal that can be made.

Think spaghetti bolognaise, rissoles, macaroni beef or spice it up with chilli beef or tacos, the list goes on. Things like meat loaf and shepherd’s pie are also good old-fashioned favourites.

A meal of mince can go a long way. When you have unexpected mouths to feed add grated carrots, zucchini and slices of bread to bulk it up. Mince is also a great way to smuggle veggies into a family meal.

Make a meal for one using leftover savoury mince in jaffles, on toast or stuff it into a jacket potato.

Mince lends itself well to the basic one pan dinner. Spray a frypan with cooking spray. Fry off the mince with some minced garlic and dried herbs, stir in some frozen veggies, beef stock, and pasta then add water and simmer until the pasta is cooked. Dinner is served.

Planning a cooking day? Add mince to the list. With a little forward planning, you can have delicious home-cooked frozen meals on hand for days when you arrive home late or just don’t feel like cooking.

3 quick tips:

  • Buy premium mince as you really do get what you pay for. You will notice that the higher the grade of mince the redder it is. Buy in bulk, it’s usually cheaper.
  • When freezing mince flatten out so it becomes long and thin. This way it will freeze quicker and thaw quicker too.
  • When adding mince to the pan, add it gradually so the pan so the pan doesn’t become cold, this way the meat will fry rather than stew.

What are the favourite mince recipes in your house? Please share in the comments below.

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  • When I make up Tacos i use the left over mince either for nachos or if there is enough I wrap it in pastry with some cheese, mushrooms and any veggies that might be left overs and make what we call taco pie.


  • We love a good hot chilli con carne, a hearty cottage pie or a filling shepherd’s pie!


  • i like the tip about adding it slowly. i will try it next time i’m cooking mince. these are great tips


  • Really great tips! I usually do the opposite lol, and then it stews :/


  • I love to make shepherds pie using pumpkin and potato as the topping. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese and bacon and it’s a meal fit for a king.


  • How about thinking Thai or Chinese with your mince? I make many Thai recipes with mince and they always turn out well and I’m asked for more.

    • Oh yes, great idea! I’m sure there’s many ways to use mince in Thai cooking. I love Thai, lots of fresh healthy ingredients.


  • We love using mince for some Mexican dishes.


  • Love using mince. So easy to make chow mein and shepherds pie.


  • These are such great tips that I have never used for the past 20 years cooking mince! I am definitely going to keep these tips in mind for next time!


  • Sheppards pie is one of our favourite mince recipes, l just add some filo pastry on the top of it as it’s what my kids love :-D


  • my hubby likes to squish the mince into the freezer so it freezes around the basket, every single time


  • I can’t believe I’ve being cooking mince for 20 years and didn’t think about those points highlighted! I will definitely be putting all those tips to practice! Thank you


  • Those are such greT tips


  • I love mince, so many things you can do with it & so quick. Love the tip about flattening before freezing!


  • Ooh, I like that tip about flattening mince before you freeze it.


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