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Name: Meat Sauce Mix
Key Ingredient: ground beef
Preparation: simmer
Cuisine: American
Source: Make-A-Mix Cookery
Food Group: meat
Meals: lunch, dinner, picnic
Courses: main
Temperature: hot
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: :20
Elapsed Time: :40
Servings: 20

1/4 cup vegetable shortening
4 medium onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or 3/8 teaspoon instant minced garlic
2 cups finely chopped celery
2 to 3 chopped carrots, if desired
5 pounds lean ground beef
5 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 14 ounce bottle ketchup
1 14 ounce bottle "hot" ketchup

Melt shortening in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery and carrots, if desired. Saute' until onions are golden. Add ground beef. Stir and cook until meat is browned. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and "hot" ketchup. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Drain excess fat. Cool. Put into five 1-pint freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch space at top. Cut through mixture with a knife several times to remove air spaces. Seal and label containers. Freeze. Use within 3 months. Make about 5 pints.

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