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Draining the Fat from Ground Beef


#1

I was wondering if anybody knows how draining the fat from ground beef while cooking affects the amount of fat in the meat. I always drain it, and I'm just wondering if there's a standard technique to estimating how many grams of fat or calories are lost.

I know that much of what is drained is water, but I'm curious as to whether the fat that drains is substantial enough to adjust the total calories in the meal.


#2

Actually, that’s given me an idea. I’ve been wondering how much fat the George Foreman grill I have is removing/draining:

1 How about weighing the grill and the drip tray together.
2 Cook up a known quantity of Mince/ground beef. Clean off any “bits”.
3 Weigh the grill and drip tray afterward.
The difference between 3 and 1 is mostly fat.

Even worse, if you have a George Foreman grill and you wanted to get really careful (where careful = anal retentive) you could cook up a large quantity of mince and catch the fat in a water filled container. Then just weight whatever floats. Disturbing huh?


#3

It depends on how lean the meat is. I get extra lean beef and don’t really need to drain much, unless it’s mixed with lamb mince which is another story.


#4

Does anyone know if the Calorie content on Fitday for gorund/minced products includes the fat or does it assume you drain the crap off?


#5

[quote]mt006 wrote:
Does anyone know if the Calorie content on Fitday for gorund/minced products includes the fat or does it assume you drain the crap off?[/quote]

It probably doesn’t assume anything unless the description says something like “ground beef with crap drained off.”