Get the Grease Out


Like greasy hamburger?  Yeah, me either.

Because we are blessed with high quality beef from my uncles, I have very little grease.  Almost unnoticeable in the pan.  But when I really want to get the grease out, I use boiling water.

Pour 2 cups of boiling water over each pound of cooked ground beef (in a colander) to really get the grease out!


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  1. Interesting. I’ve never heard that before. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Brilliance! I’ll have to give that a try.

  3. Do you need to use cooked on the stove? In the past, I’ve just used hot, hot water out of the sink–is this not as good? What I really want to know is how to get the grease out of my clothes–am I the only one to get oil/grease spots on my shirts when cooking. I do use Goo Gone, but looking for other solutions. Thanks for the good post!

    • @Jen @ Cents in the Cities, the problem with hot tap water is that it releases more impurities (and lead) than cold water. So… it’s supposed to be healthier to use cold water out of the tap for all food-related purposes.

      Now… do I follow that advice all the time? Um, no. 😉

    • Jen, use dishsoap (like Dawn) on those grease spots. Rub it into the spot, and then wash in the hottest water allowed for the fabric.

  4. You can skip a step and just boil the ground beef then drain in a colander

  5. I have done this years using hot tap water. I’ve never thought of using boiling hot water! I would think this would get rid of more fat and be better for the drain pipes, too! Great idea!

  6. I’ve been running it under the tap for years, but I bet boiling water would work even better!

  7. Yes. This will get the grease off. But be warned, that same grease will cool and congeal about 25 feet down your pipes. How do I know? My kitchen sink clogged on Christmas eve 3 years ago. The 20 foot snake we had wouldn’t reach. We had to call a plumber, who had to cut the pipe in order to get the clog out.

    My suggestion Don’t drain it in the sink. Get an old can to drain it into. Let the grease and water drain into that. Then you don’t have clogged pipes.

  8. I never thought of running water through it. But it sounds logical.

    Usually I tilt the pan, press the meat well, and let the oil pool on the side. Then I fold a papertowel, lay it in the pool, and remove it with tongs directly to the garbage. It’s quick and easy.

    Great post and comments.

  9. I’ve also been one to use the hot tap water. I believe you about the impurities, and I wish I could say I would take the time to use boiling water, but I know myself. Between the pedicures and the bubble baths, who has that kind of time. 🙂

  10. Great tip! Thanks.

  11. The best way to strain, drain off that hot greasy fat from hamburger or bacon is simply slide on the g-Spout to your skillet and pour it into a container for proper disposal. No more mess or pouring down the drain and clogging up your pipes or the sewers. We also use ours for pouring soup, cupcakes and muffins. It also doubles as a great spoon rest. You can buy them online at

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