You just brought home a pound of ground beef for burger night. Your impulse might be to throw the whole thing straight in the freezer. If it were me, I’d take a few extra minutes to form the beef into patties first. Trust me, it’s well worth it.
Why is this a good idea? You can pull the pre-formed burger patties out of the freezer at a moment’s notice. No waiting for that huge block of meat to thaw. Even if you’re not making burgers, having small portions of meat on hand is a good idea (say, for making spaghetti sauce). All you need is wax paper; a cutting board; and if you want to be precise, a kitchen scale.