Lean ground beef is so expensive these days. Even on sale I find it difficult to get 93% lean for less than $3.99 a lb and normally it is $4.99 a pound or more.
My I often see much fattier beef for considerably less. In fact, my local ethnic markets has in on sale once a month or so for as low at $1.09 a lb.
But the problem is that this is so fatty. Sure you can drain it, but a lot of that fat is still left in there.
So, I recently found out that you can actually rinse the ground beef to remove most of that fat (up to 50%!). And in the end it becomes almost as lean as the 93%. In the end you are getting lean ground beef to use for crumbles in chili, soup, tacos, etc.. for as much as 75% off the price.
You do lose a small amount more of the meat when cooking than you do the 93%, put even with that, the savings is still really awesome.
Super Lean Ground Beef (93% lean)- From 1 pound of ground beef you get 12-2/3 oz cooked (about $.31 an ounce)
Regular Ground Beef (70% lean) Drained and Rinsed- From 1 pound of ground beef you get 11 oz cooked meat (as low as $.09- $.10 an ounce)
I was surprised by all this because I thought that a lot of the flavor would be lost, but it wasn’t, it tasted just fine. The only downside is that you can’t really season the meat as it is cooking. But I simply put it back in the pan after rinsing, add my seasoning and cooked it on low for a a couple minutes.
Also see: How I Save At Least 50% on My Meat Budget.
I was very pleased with it, not only does it reduce the fat, it reduces the price.
Directions for rinsing your ground beef crumbles (you can probably do this for turkey, too):
- Brown your regular ground beef in a skillet until all pink is gone
- Spoon beef into a metal stainer with a slotted spoon (leaving as much oil in the pan as you can, you DON’T want a lot of fat going down your drain)
- Place a bowl under the strainer and press meat with the back of the spoon to push fat into bowl until no more or very little fat is dripping.
- Rinse ground beef under faucet
- I pour the oil out of the skillet into a heat safe mug or bowl and then dispose of once cool, you can also wipe out skillet, if desired.
- Return meat to the skillet, season and heat on low until warm
- Add to your ground beef recipe.
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