You would think after cooking for over 10 years I would have figured this out, but what is the easiest way to drain ground beef after you've browned it? Normally I use leaner cuts, so there isn't a lot of grease anyway but getting it off is always a pain. Any ideas?
Put it in a strainer and run water over it into a container that you can "skim" and throw away the fat when at room temp. The excess fat will run thru w/ the water and solidify when at room temp. I seem to get the most excess fat off the meat this way.
If I don't have very much grease, I move all the beef onto one side of the pan, angle the pan just a little, and soak up the grease with paper towels. If I have a lot, I use a lid and drain it into an old coffee can
I use a splatter cover. One of those metal screen pan covers with a handle. It was from the $1 store. Place it over the skillet after I am done browning, tilt the pan and dump the grease into a can. The cover stops the meat from falling out. Easy!
I want to preface this by stating that I am a vegetarian, and I've never cooked real beef. But I wasn't raised that way, so I've watched my mother make beef repeatedly. She spoons the grease off of the top of the water before draining it in a colander, if she boils it. If you fry it, try to minimize how much oil you use (with some types of pans, you don't need any at all). You might even rinse the beef in water before serving. Good luck!
I use a slotted spoon to get the meat out of the frying pan and onto a plate with some paper towel to soak up the excess grease. I pour any grease left in the pan into the trash - usually into an empty soup can or other container.
Just use a strainer like you use for pasta. No, don't do it in the sink, will eventually cause major problems. I drain it into a bowl or whatever and then put it in some sort of bottle and throw it away. Putting it in a bottle helps trash from smelling.
I tilt the skillet and spoon it out. I then place the meet on a plate or platter with folded paper towels on the bottom and "wrap it" in papertowels to get remaining greese off. I then throw away the papertowels.
Several years back we bent a serving spoon from an old flatware set a bit, so it is like a small shallow ladle. We tip the skillet and push the meat out of the way and use this spoon to remove the grease into a emptied can. Put the can in the fridge and throw it out when it's full.
I recently started using a turkey baster to suck the grease out of the pan. It saves me the trouble of having to wash my colander, and I can squirt the grease right into an old can so it doesn't go down the sink. Just be careful if you use a plastic baster - if the grease is still very hot you can burn your fingers.
After I am done browning the beef, I add some water to the pan, and then use a ladle to remove the grease and the water which I put into a small wide mouth glass. I get out as much as I can, then continue cooking the beef briefly to dry it a bit. I put the glass with the grease and water in the refrigerator, when it is cool, I take a fork and lift out the grease, and throw it in the trash; I use the remaining water in soups or for cooking.
Normally, I put it in strainer over a bowl. You can rinse the grd beef too to get more grease out. Don't throw it in the sink. Throw it out in the grass or in the garbage. Make sure it won't leak through the bag. L. J
Do NOT put a strainer in the sink and drain it that way. Even if you run hot water and add some soap down the drain it'll still harden and clog up your pipes. And actually it's worse if you add soap and hot water because that means it won't harden until it's in some unreachable place in your house... if you just dump it down it'll get stopped in the trap under the sink. But you'll be cleaning that sucker out alot if you pour grease down there every week. (a friend of mine is a plumber, he says that is one of the main reason he gets calls!).
I do what my mom did when I was little... tilt skillet to one side, push meat to the side that's 'up' and let the grease flow to the bottom. Then I take a large tablespoon and simply scoop it out into a tin/aluminum can. I put the can right next to the pan so there's no drippage. It's fast (less than a minute), easy and clean up is easy -- just leave the can on the counter until the grease hardens then toss in trash.
I use the same method to save bacon grease, only I save that to a clean glass jar to use later (great for adding flavor to stuff like baked beans, green beans, etc).
This may be strange but I hate when beef gets caught in the holes of the strainer. I line a plate with a few layers of paper towel, put the meet on it, and use a few more pieces of paper towel on the top and push down.