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  • Do you drain the beef?

    Just curious. I've stopped draining the fat from my ground beef lately and sometimes it's fine but other times my recipes are just swimming in grease. Yuck. Is there anything in the fat that is worth keeping it for? (other that the fat itself, I get plenty of that) I guess I'm thinking that some vitamins might be fat soluble or the CLA is in the fat and I'd be dumping it down the drain...
    What do you guys think?

  • #2
    I drain it into a paper towel in a can or an empty nut butter jar if there is a lot, or if it's store bought beef. If I'm making something with a cream sauce, I'll drain it, save it, whisk it into whatever sauce/gravy I'm having. Vit A, D, K are fat soluble, not sure what amount is contained in beef fat though. Not sure if that's the best thing, thats just what I've always done...

    Lard/bacon fat, now, that's a whole 'nother story. That stuff is precious.

    Having said that, I'm a newbie, and still waiting for the PB book to appear in the mailbox.

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    • #3
      Most of my meals are the one-pot variety, so I just leave it all in.

      As for bacon grease, I bought some uncured local farm bacon recently. Wow, did it put out some grease volume! I did my usual and fried some eggs in there and poured it all on my plate. Not sure I like them that drippy.

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      • #4
        I make a point to consume extra beef fat
        Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

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        • #5
          To me, draining away the extra fat is like tossing out the egg yolk from an omega-3 enhanced egg. Bad idea. The sole exception would be if it's CAFO beef with all the antibiotics and other ick that that implies, which would be mostly stored in the fat. But if it's grassfed/organic? Eat the fat!
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          • #6
            I include the fat most of the time. If I think it will mess up the consistency of the recipe, I pour off and save the fat. (This is all assuming it's good grass-fed stuff.) If you let it solidify in the fridge, you generally get a layer of fat on top of a layer of the other juices from the meat, both of which are easy enough to find uses for. =]
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            • #7
              "but other times my recipes are just swimming in grease"

              mmm mmmmmm

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              • #8
                I don't anymore. I also used to take a paper towel to bacon before I ate it. That's enough to cause a lynch mob around these parts.
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                • #9
                  I'm another one pot meal person. I don't drain the grease, and just decrease the amount of other liquids that go in.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Katie82 View Post
                    What do you guys think?
                    May I bring a spoon?
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                    • #11
                      hah hah, so I'm guessing the general consensus is NO!. I'll get used to it then. It's actually not the taste or anything, it's just the appearance of seeing a lot of fat seperating from the meal. Maybe I will start draining and saving it for those meals...

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                      • #12
                        There will come a point at which you eat it with a spoon just so you can make sure to get every last drop of fat; a fork kinda can't pick that up as well.
                        Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                        • #13
                          Ground beef fat is a little nasty, I gotta admit.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                            Ground beef fat is a little nasty, I gotta admit.
                            Not when it's flavored with curry spices or chili spices. Om nom nom.
                            Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                            My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                            • #15
                              I add in a lil tomato paste to thickin the fat and make taco meat. MMMmMmmMMmMmmmm
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