This is my process whenever I buy ground meat:
I try to divide and wrap the meat as soon as I get home. If I put it off, I will forget until it is too late and I end up throwing it away. I clean my counter really well and accept the fact that raw meat and juice will get all over it. I first divide the meat into 1 pound chunks - or as close to 1 lb as possible. Then I want to form it into a flat square shape for easy freezing, storing and thawing. I found this tupperware container is the perfect size. Line it with wax paper, press the meat into it and then wrap it like a gift. Ta da! A 1lb meat sheet! (all my recipes call for 1 lb) Then I lay it flat in our freezer until it freezes and then put it in a ziploc freezer bag. Why freeze it in a sheet? For easy, fast thawing of course! If I were to freeze it in a round chub it takes 3 times as long to thaw.
I am so thankful that we have our chest freezer. It has allowed me to save money by stocking up on items when they are on super sale. Now I have 25 pounds of ground beef ready to go, in meal size portions.
Our other meat staple is chicken tenders. They also were on sale at Sprouts this week so I got quite a few pounds. (Again, no hormones or antibiotics) The freezing process is much simpler for them. Lay them individually on a cookie sheet, freeze and place in a ziploc bag. (I double layer the bag) It is so nice to be able to grab as many as you need and not have to thaw a whole package.
Because the chest freezer gets so much colder than our regular freezer, I have found that the meats (so long as they are packaged correctly) will taste as fresh as the day you froze them for at least 5 months.
I love the feeling of a well stocked freezer! I shouldn't have to buy meat until after Peanut is born!