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Easily Remove Grease from Ground Beef

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Whenever I browned hamburger meat for tacos, spaghetti, or whatever, I used to take the meat out of the pan, transfer it to a strainer to drain the grease and then return it to the pan to finish cooking.

I have found an easier way to handle the excess grease without all the work. This is so much easier and less mess to clean up. Just brown the meat, tilt the frying pan so the grease drains to one side.

Take a couple of paper towels and soak up the grease, the more grease there is the more paper towels need to be used.

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Remove the grease soaked paper towels and discard on a paper plate or some other type of container. Then toss the paper towels in the trash. I use this method all the time now and it's so much easier.

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November 22, 20152 found this helpful

Very smart and simple idea. I will use this.

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November 24, 20156 found this helpful

This is a simple idea, but I hate to use paper towels. I do your first couple of steps where you brown the meat, then tilt the pan. At that point I dip the grease out of the pan and put it in an empty can, (a soup can, etc. the larger the better). I put the can in the freezer where the grease congeals and won't spill. I keep doing this until the can is full, then I put the can in a plastic bag from the grocery or one in which the newspaper is delivered, in the trash and out it goes. This works for me.

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January 1, 20161 found this helpful

This is what I've always done....

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November 26, 20170 found this helpful

Me, too, and I use a gravy ladle to dip out the grease.

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November 25, 20150 found this helpful

I collect the grease to pour a little of it and the drippings over my pets dog & cat chow to enhance the flavor. They love it and shiny hair as a result.

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November 27, 20150 found this helpful

I used this method when making baked beans for Thanksgiving dinner. It made it so easy to remove the grease and juice from the hamburger. Thanks for sharing.

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November 28, 20150 found this helpful

I have done this and I also use a turkey baster, that works well too.

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November 28, 20153 found this helpful

It's a good plan but I have one you could try and then keep the one you like. Because I use ground turkey there is little grease but that isn't the tip.

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Boil your meat in water. Then simply pour out the fat with the water when you strain it. Rinse with hot water and you are almost fat free. I hope that helps.

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December 1, 20151 found this helpful

This is what I have been doing for ages. I am someone who hates even the smallest bit of grease in my food, and boiling then rinsing does it for me.

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December 5, 20151 found this helpful

But how does that taste? I boil my ribs for chillie but then brown it with everything else. Check with the meat people at your grocery store as some of that bland turkey has fat on it and they do not remove it. I do blend ground turkey with meat often but am careful to what type. In La we are use to grounding everything together. I drain my meats on a thick paperplate with sev good papertowels and wash in pot in hot soapy water, dry it and then put the meat back. I am extreme but we get fat from other things. Its really funny how just plain ground beef on sale can be the same price as steak. I know I am funny but have won every cooking contest I have been in since elem school.

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I buy ground round,chuck and turkey on sale and come home and bag it in 2lbs bags and label it. I have a huge meat eater boyfriend and daughter. I could get rid of that meat as far as I am concerned but its their fav. I make meats balls with my blends of meat, seasonings, onions breadcrumbs, eggs and then roll them in flour. Then I put them on a tray to freeze them. When frozen I put in a ziplock bag. Now when I want them I defrost and cook them in the oven on a broiler pan. People rave but its so simple and I know I am funny about fat. I just feel bad when people ask me for a recipe because I use what I have.

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

So can we get your meatball recipe or something close to recipe...?

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November 28, 20155 found this helpful

What a waste of meat juices! We've always tilted the pan so that the juices drain to one side, as shown above, and then spoon it into a jar or bowl. Refrigerate over night and the fat rises to the top and hardens. Then simply scrape off the fat layer with a spoon and discard. What remains is fat-free meat juice infused with the smoky flavor of browned meat.

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I use it for sauces or as a base for soup or rice. Sometimes, I just mix with water and salt to make a quick broth as a snack. Or add in instant ramen for something more filling. This all-natural broth is much healthier than the powder flavoring that comes with the ramen.

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December 5, 20150 found this helpful

I find that ground chuck makes the best gravy It really is broth I know but after I drain it I pop it in the freezer and then skim it off. No fat or gravy is really good for you. In La we had flour and water and keep stirring. That gravy makes you slap your moma. I use seasoning made here with less salt and its really called Slap Your Moma; Lol Anyway I like to cook when I have extra time and energy and freeze steff half thru because I teach elem school and sometimes my darling wear mw out...

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

best idea ever, ty

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November 28, 20151 found this helpful

Using paper towels is not a good idea because the binder (aka glue) used to hold the paper fibers together was not meant to withstand heat. Keep in mind that the smoking point of lard is 370F, much higher the boiling point of water.

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To brown the meat, the pan has to reach 370F and beyond. In other words, you're probably leaching glue and other chemicals onto the hot pan.

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December 5, 20150 found this helpful

Yep your correct. My dad was a druggist with his Doc and from New Orleans. People from our church offered to give him money to start a business with his gravy and food items. Lol and he turned them down many,many times. At work I cook my my co workers when They tell me thay do not eat something. I love that challenge and then they want the recipes. I watched my dady growing up and lots of times Cajun people did not have money for their kids meds so he would pay with 5 kids of his own at home and a stay at home mom. He got every kind of seafood and meat you could think of. My mom has a degree in home ec onomics and I can not spell and type too quick. Anyway he always came home and cooked it. We did not waste anything he brought home and it was always delicious.

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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

I use a turkey baster. Then into an empty jar.

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December 6, 20151 found this helpful

I use my OXO turkey baster, then into an empty jar for trash.

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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

I rinse my browned meat under hot water in a strainer to get the last of the fat off.

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December 31, 20150 found this helpful

I do the exact same thing, it's the only way to remove all the fat :)

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December 30, 20151 found this helpful

If its grease you want to remove and don't care about the leftover grease juice..I simply boil my meat and use a potato masher to make sure the texture is perfect for tacos, spaghetti, etc. Season well and no complaints will arise from your family.

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

What a terrible waste of paper - towels, plates etc. think green ladies. Put fat into a jar, chill in fridge and separate. Use fat for baking veg etc, use broth for soup. Never use paper products, nerver throw out healthy products.
Gren cooking!!

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February 16, 20160 found this helpful

I GET A LARGE GLASS BOWL, PUT IN A PLASTIC STRAINER, ADD MEAT, BREAK IT UP SOME AND MICROWAVE IT UNTIL DONE. YOU MAY HAVE TO BREAK IT UP SEVERAL TIMES. THE FAT REMAINS IN THE GLASS BOWL. PUT IT IN THE FRIG UNTIL FAT BECOMES SOLID, SKIM OFF AND DISCARD. THE REST CAN BE USED IN SOUP STOCK. I HAVE DONE IT THIS WAY FOR MANY YEARS.

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November 8, 20170 found this helpful

I came up with the same idea on my own but when I put Bounty brand paper towels in to soak up the grease, it makes the resulting meal have a horrible aftertaste. Ive blamed it on several other things in the past but it always happens when I use Bounty paper towels. I switched to very lean hamburger so I dont have to soak up grease.

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