For my entire life, I’ve not had a good way to drain and dispose of the grease created when cooking meat. I’ve always either washed it down the sink drain (I know, I know!) or collected it into an empty can. I did this by holding the skillet at an angle over a can and getting some of the grease to pour out while trying to not dump the meat out. This always resulted in not all of the grease being removed and some of the meat falling out of the skillet. A bit of a mess was made, but I moved on.
Do you spoon or siphon up the grease?
Do you wash away the grease in a colander? Into what, the sink?
Do you soak it up using a paper towel?
Here’s Common Ways of Removing Grease from the Pan
Spoon or suction: 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. Remove grease one bit at a time with a spoon or turkey baster. Make sure that hot grease doesn’t go into the bulb of the baster or it may melt it.
Soak: Absorb the grease with paper towels. 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.
Drain: 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.
Then There’s the matter of Where to Put the Grease Once Removed from the Skillet
Experts advise is to line a bowl or cup with aluminum foil and spoon the grease into it. The tin foil can be thrown away after the grease cools (approximately 15 minutes). It is important you do not discard the hot grease down a drain as it can cause damage to the drain.
EasyDrain is a colander specially designed to drain ground beef grease into a soup or vegetable can.
Draining the grease from ground beef will make a dish healthier and is almost always called for in recipes, but it’s a hassle for everyone to do. It should not be this hard. But it always ends up being a huge pain. It’s hard to believe, but no one has come up with a good way to do it. There are some solutions out there, but they all come with their own problems. And so finally I decided to design and make EasyDrain – a new way to dain ground beef that – one that’s truly easy and clean to use.
EasyDrain is a colander that has a protrusion at the bottom that has been designed to fit into common soup or vegetable cans. Just place the colander protrusion into the top of an empty can and then dump your cooked ground beef into the colander. Let the grease drain into the can. That’s it! You can drain as little or as much of the grease away from your cooked meat. Then dump the meat back into the skillet or other container and continue with your recipe. After the grease cools, simply dispose of the can in the trash.