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:
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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