Reducing Fat in Ground Beef
A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association* has good news for beef eaters. Nutrition researchers found that a simple rinsing process reduced the fat content of cooked ground beef crumbles by as much as 50 percent. And blotting can be used to reduce the fat content of cooked burgers, meatballs and meatloaf.
So whether buying ground beef for taste, convenience or price, consumers can also enjoy the health benefits of lower-fat ground beef with a few easy steps.
Reducing Fat in Cooked Ground Beef by Rinsing and Draining:
By following these easy steps, it’s simple to cut the fat in favorite recipes that call for cooked ground beef crumbles, such as chili, Sloppy Joes, spaghetti with meat sauce and tacos.
This technique allows beef eaters to take advantage of lower-priced, higher-fat ground beef and still enjoy the benefits of a leaner product.
1. Brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir occasionally to break beef into large pieces (about 1/4-inch).
2. Meanwhile, microwave 4 cups water in a 1-quart glass measuring cup or microwaveable bowl on HIGH 5 to 6 minutes or until very hot, but not boiling (150°F to 160°F).
3. Drain fat from skillet.
4. Using a slotted spoon, remove beef crumbles to large plate or other container lined with three layers of white, non-recycled paper towels. Let sit 1 minute; blot top of beef with more paper towels.
5. Place beef in a line mesh strainer or colander and set it on a 1/2-quart (or larger) sturdy bowl. Pour hot water over beef to rinse fat. Drain 5 minutes.
6. Proceed as recipe directs.
If the recipe calls for browning ground beef with onion or garlic, these items can be added during the cooking process. Rinsing the beef after cooking results in minimal flavor loss. Additional seasonings and herbs may be added after rinsing as desired.
* Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 92, No. 11, November 1992