Growing up on a farm where we raised cattle, ground beef was often part of our meals. Today, I use ground beef about once a week in my family’s meals. Since meat is a more expensive item on my grocery list, I look for ways to help keep the cost down. One way to do this is to buy ground beef that has a higher fat content since it is cheaper. For example, currently at my grocery store 1 pound of 85% lean ground beef is $3.99 while 1 pound of 93% lean ground beef is $5.49. If I’m going to be browning the meat to use in a dish like tacos or spaghetti, I can drain the fat from the meat after I have browned it. That why I’m saving money but still keeping the fat down in my meals.
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Jody Gatewood is a Registered Dietitian who enjoys spending time in the kitchen baking and preparing meals for her family. She does lots of meal planning to stay organized and feed her family nutritious meals.
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The trickiest part of this recipe is draining the fat from the ground beef. It is really important to get the extra fat off the ground beef, but you don’t want to clog up your sink drain. Here’s what I do:
Spoon cooked ground beef in a colander over large bowl in the sink.
Wait until the tap water gets really hot and spray it over the ground beef.
Refrigerate the container of grease water in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape the hardened grease onto an old newspaper and discard in garbage.