How to Drain Grease from Ground Beef

May 31, 2020

How to Drain Grease from Ground Beef

 Draining the grease from ground beef should be an easy task, but somehow it always ends up being a huge pain in the rear. I set out to research the best ways to drain grease from ground beef. WikiHow was a huge help in the research process!

Draining the grease from ground beef will make a dish healthier and is usually recommended. Brown the meat first to extract the fat. Then, you can spoon the grease out of the pan or use a colander to drain the grease. It is important you do not discard the hot grease down a drain as it can cause damage to the drain.

Removing Grease from the Pan

  1. Push the ground beef to one side of the pan. Use a fork or spoon to push the meat to one side of the pan. Tilt the pan towards the empty side so that the grease pools in one corner of the skillet.
  2. Remove the grease:
    1. Spoon the grease into a bowl. Use a large metal spoon to remove the grease in the pan. For easier cleanup, line a bowl or cup with aluminum foil and spoon the grease into it.
    2. Suck up the grease with a turkey baster instead of using a spoon. Squeeze the bulb of the baster and place the tip of the baster into the grease. Release the bulb to suck the grease up through the baster.Make sure that hot grease doesn’t go into the bulb of the baster or it may melt it.
    3. Absorb the grease with paper towels for easy cleanup. Take 2-3 paper towels and dab the grease. If there’s still grease in the pan, get more paper towels and continue dabbing the grease.
    4. Cover a bowl with tin foil and put a strainer over the bowl. Pour the ground beef and the grease into the strainer. Then wait for the grease to drip into the tin foil. The tin foil can be thrown away after the grease cools (approximately 15 minutes).

All of these are ways to discard grease in an easier fashion than the typical ways. The most important thing to remember is to wait for the grease to cool before discarding it. Pouring grease down your drain can cause many issues, so avoid this!

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