Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Leaner Ground Beef

When I cook and crumble ground beef, I don’t like it to be swimming in fat.  I mean, I really don’t like it.  So years ago, I started rinsing my ground beef after it was cooked.  I thought I was the only one until I got looking online a few years ago and found that it’s actually a method suggested by The Journal of the American Dietetic Association  and the Canadian Beef Information Centre as a way of reducing the fat content.

Basically, my method is to brown the ground beef, place a colander over a bowl or empty can, and empty to beef into the colander to drain the majority of the fat.  Then I rinse the beef with hot water.

From a pdf from the Canadian Beef Information Centre:

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Hillybilly Housewife also has a good article about rinsing cooked ground beef.

I usually buy lean ground beef and rinse it, but after reading this data, I think I’ll save some money by buying regular, since rinsing eliminates so much fat.  I’ll still get lean for things that can’t be rinsed, like meatloaf.


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Cozy Home Scenes said...

I drain meat too, but just on a paper towel or a colander. My brother is way more concerned about the fat in hamburger meat, so I'll have to pass your top on to him. Thanks for sharing!

Logan said...

We steam our ground beef and that seems to get rid of most of, if not all, the fat.

Cannary Family said...

I started rinsing the cooked ground beef after the daycare where I took my two oldest told me they do it to remove the fat. After they rinsed it, they seasoned it up for whatever they were cooking. I thought "How smart!" That was years ago, but I thought it to be an excellent tip! Makes whatever dish you are making so much nicer (:

Richella said...

So funny, Holly. . . I started rinsing my ground beef back when we lived in Nashville in the late 80's--the "T Factor" diet was all the rage then, and we learned all sorts of ways to reduce fat content. But I've never heard of anyone else doing it! Great minds think alike, I guess.

This is a great example of a way to reduce fat without buying a higher-priced low fat product. (And some low-fat or fat-free products are high in additives that I'd rather avoid, so I love to reduce fat naturally!)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I had no idea you could rinse it! I always drain mine really well, but I bet this extra step really makes a difference! :)