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If I drain and wash the fat off the ground beef, will it be healthier?


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I went to a dietician who was talking about washing the ground beef after draining it? By how much would the fat be gone or does it matter because of the part of the cow came from?

Please guide on what to do now...

 

Edited May 27 2009 22:53 by nycgirl
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I've never heard of washing it, but I always drain off the excess fat.  Obviously, getting rid of that couple of tablespoons of fat is better than ingesting it, but I don't see that you'll accomplish much by further rinsing.

Also never heard of washing beef. Draining it would help some. It would be easier to just buy beef with less fat I'd think.

Draining fat, yes.  Using a paper towel to dab off any excess still there, yes.  Washing the beef?  I think that would remove a lot of flavour but, unless you use soap, it's not going to take off any fat (since fat is not soluble in water).  And there's NO WAY I'm washing ground beef with soap and water!  :-)

Original Post by susiecue:

Draining fat, yes.  Using a paper towel to dab off any excess still there, yes.  Washing the beef?  I think that would remove a lot of flavour but, unless you use soap, it's not going to take off any fat (since fat is not soluble in water).  And there's NO WAY I'm washing ground beef with soap and water!  :-)

 Ok this made me laugh :)  I would not rinse the beef either, drain it and then dab it with a paper towel.  We try to buy 98% ground beef and there really isn't much fat to drain.  If your not opposed to it and can get it locally you might look at some other meats like buffalo or deer as they are much leaner to begin with.  I would go this route but my wife and kids won't eat it, never understood their reasoning, a cow, a bison or a deer.  Must be something with them thinking it might be Bambie :)

Bison/buffalo is delicious and tastes just as good as lean beef, in my opinion, but is more expensive, at least when I've been able to find it.

Also, don't forget, fat isn't as evil as people say it is, so don't try to get rid of it all.

Funny - I ALWAYS rinse my ground beef off (crumbles of course, not patties) even before dieting.    Just a quick rinse under hot water while still in the strainer, so no it doesn't get soggy or anything.  You'd be surprised how much extra fat runs off.   And as far as the flavor, ground beef crumbles don't have much to begin with and are generally used in recipes and take on the flavor of the other ingredients anyway, right?

I agree with thmheh!  I have been rinsing my ground beef for sometime (don't tell my husband, lol).  I do notice quite a bit of grease that comes off when I rinse.  It doesn't hurt!

Fat and water don't mix? Surprised

Think I will stay with my grill.Smile

Actually, rinsing does remove alot of the fat (which if done in the drain could cause it to clog). Make sure to use hot water for max affect. However, rinsing does remove much of the flavor as well. Another option that I use from time to time is steaming. The meat will be very crumbly, but it is easy to do and healthier. You can also do this with bacon and sausage.

It will taste different so it is a matter of preference.

Original Post by thmheh:

Funny - I ALWAYS rinse my ground beef off (crumbles of course, not patties) even before dieting.    Just a quick rinse under hot water while still in the strainer, so no it doesn't get soggy or anything.  You'd be surprised how much extra fat runs off.   And as far as the flavor, ground beef crumbles don't have much to begin with and are generally used in recipes and take on the flavor of the other ingredients anyway, right?

The hot water's not taking off any fat that a good drain-and-dab (dabbing with paper towel) wouldn't get.  I find that ground beef has lots of nice flavour, but I may be spoiled by living in Alberta which, while it has horrible selection of produce, is *very* proud of its beef.  The grass-fed ground beef from a local farmer has even more flavour than the stuff from the grocery store.

LOL. This is like CC high society. I can't even afford paper towels.

Rinsing with hot does remove more fat. 

Experiment, drain and dab, then rinse under hot water but collect the runoff in a large bowl, the fat will seperate and become obvious.

I also rinse off canned beans and canned tuna to lower the sodium content.

the more lean the meat, the better.  When I was eating red eat, I would slowly fry the meat, on low low low  temp so the meat does not burn..then pour off the grease/fat periodically.  By the time the meat was cooked thru most of the fat was out.  If you cook it to fast the meat is seared and fat is left in the meat...so the secret I found is cooking it on a low heat.

My fav was ground beef, cooked as above, then I would add, a can of tomatoes, a can of tomato paste, diced onions celery and carrot.  Mix this all in with the hamburg then and a cup of cooked white rice and spices to taste.  This mixture was very filling, great by itself or on an open faced slice of bread or bun, like a sloppy joe.  Yummy.

Those days are gone until I hit my ideal...then I would be able to eat maybe 1 cup of this instead of 6 to 8 cups...lol

 

 

Original Post by susiecue:

Draining fat, yes.  Using a paper towel to dab off any excess still there, yes.  Washing the beef?  I think that would remove a lot of flavour but, unless you use soap, it's not going to take off any fat (since fat is not soluble in water).  And there's NO WAY I'm washing ground beef with soap and water!  :-)

rinsing with hot water does remove more fat than draining alone.  the fat doesn't have to dissolve to rinse off, since it's already liquid from cooking.  i buy extra-lean ground sirloin and drain and rinse it, and then use healthier liquids to add flavour.

I'll see your rinsing of the burgers and raise you!  I've actually BOILED hamburgers before.   Yep! 

It started when my vet suggested I do that to get my finicky dog eating, and boy, did it work.  Then I decided to try it myself one day, figuring it would be reduced fat, right?  All I can say, is it's not as good eaten as a "burger" - however it's perfectly good for putting in spaghetti sauce, chili, etc.  MUCH less greasiness, and it seems to crumble smaller, more easily.

Original Post by cheerymonkey:

I'll see your rinsing of the burgers and raise you!  I've actually BOILED hamburgers before.   Yep! 

It started when my vet suggested I do that to get my finicky dog eating, and boy, did it work.  Then I decided to try it myself one day, figuring it would be reduced fat, right?  All I can say, is it's not as good eaten as a "burger" - however it's perfectly good for putting in spaghetti sauce, chili, etc.  MUCH less greasiness, and it seems to crumble smaller, more easily.

 ???Undecided

I have a good middle ground (I think) when i pan brown lean beef for meat sauce or tacos or what have you, I use a bit of pam in the pan if necessary, then I add 1 Tbsp of water to the pan for ever 1 lb of beef. This helps separate the fat from the meat.

Then I drain and blot it.

It works for me.

Original Post by cheerymonkey:

I'll see your rinsing of the burgers and raise you!  I've actually BOILED hamburgers before.   Yep! 

It started when my vet suggested I do that to get my finicky dog eating, and boy, did it work.  Then I decided to try it myself one day, figuring it would be reduced fat, right?  All I can say, is it's not as good eaten as a "burger" - however it's perfectly good for putting in spaghetti sauce, chili, etc.  MUCH less greasiness, and it seems to crumble smaller, more easily.

 Would you please explain this?  Do you mean that you just put the ground beef in boiling water and then drain it?  Does that boil out all the flavor?

I too give ground beef a quick rinse of hot water after draining it....note to those who may be thinking about trying this, I just started doing this and I was of course bound to make a mistake.  Make sure the water is HOT because if it's not the fat in the meat solidifies and turns into white waxy disgusting bits that are impossible to get out.  So due to my giant duh moment hopefully someone will remember this and not go through the same thing.

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