Thursday, July 28, 2011

Frugal Challenge Update-Making Ground Hamburger Leaner

Once in a while I will pick up some ground beef  on sale that is higher in fat content than I'd like so I just cook it up and pour it into a colander in the sink and rinse really well with hot water to get as much of the grease/fat out of it. Wipe the pan out with a paper towel and just pour the meat back in to reheat and season.
My mom used to do this and when I was a kid and I would always ask her why she was washing our meat.

Another trip to Georges. Three loaves of sourdough, lettuce, peaches, cantaloupe and watermelon the kids devoured as soon as I got home. $7.23.

Combined all my trips yesterday to save gas so I stopped at CVS. Total out of pocket including tax was $1.99 for the four items below.


  1. I've never washed my ground beef but I have drained it and let it sit on paper towels to soak up the excess. Nice job on the shopping!

  2. I wash my higher fat ground beef too, except I usually cook in a dutch oven. Then i cover it with hot water and pour off, repeating until I don't see fat floating on the top of the water.

    I think it is a great way to save calories while I spend a little less.

  3. Good shopping I have never washed my hamburg but I have drained it. I would be worried about the grease going down my drain.

  4. I do that with my ground beef too, it seems fattier now than it did a year ago. I guess that's how they save money.
    You did well on your drug store items!
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Boy, you did a great job on your shopping!! You may just become my new shopping diva!! LOL and I thougt I was good??

  6. I nominate you to head to D.C. to get this budget mess straightened out. I know you could do it!

  7. to love a bargain...I knew the washing hamburger trick...great to be reminded of it/

  8. I do the same thing. It pays off if you can get the burger on sale too!
    You got some great bargains at CVS and the grocery store!
    Got to love that bargain shopping!

  9. Sure is an easy way to reduce the fat, and to make ground beef a little bit healthier.
    Looks like you scored some great deals. Love that feeling of getting a bargain :)
    Have a terrific weekend. Hope you get to do something fun :)

  10. I have always rinsed my ground beef. A friend actually boils her ground beef, strains out the meat, then chills the water/broth, takes the solid fat off and uses the rest as beef broth (simmered down a bit more I believe).

  11. Great post! This is my first time over to see your blog and I am lovin it. I just liked your FB page, too!