I bought medium ground beef when I intended to buy lean beef. I don't want to consume that amount of fat.

Suppose I fry the meat then add tomatoes (on the way to a Bolognese sauce), cool the result overnight in the fridge, and then discard the fat on top (which would be 100% saturated, I presume). Would I have discarded the majority of the fat?


Relevant ideas can be found here and there.

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    Try frying it off as normal and then removing any unwanted fat by either straining or tipping (whilst hot/warm). Feb 10, 2017 at 16:35
  • Is straining or tipping more effective than cooling overnight? Now that I think of it, perhaps straining followed by leaving on a paper towel is best. But then we'd worry about the chemicals in the paper towels. I asked: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/78303/41295
    – Calaf
    Feb 10, 2017 at 16:57
  • Hello Calaf, we prefer to have straight questions here. Your reasons to not want eating the fat, or self-castigation about buying what you did not want to buy, is distracting from the real question, and in this specific case, may even invite health debates (which are off topic). I removed that part, and left the question itself.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 10, 2017 at 16:58
  • Also, don't forget to take a look at the "Related" panel on the right hand, the system there tries to find questions which might interest you and usually does a good job of it. In this case, the top related question is cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/10283/…, which is what you asked in the comment.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:00
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    We discourage asking two questions in one. You could try asking such a question about lighting separately, I don't know how the community will react. We have a rule to not ask "rants disguised as questions" and this can encroach that territory - it may work if you word it neutrally, though.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:04

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Mixing with sauce is problematic as the fat will mix with the sauce.

Fry just the meat slowing and break it up very fine. While hot strain it in a metal colander. You can even pat dry with paper towels.

Then mix with cooked sauce. It will not be as good but you saved the meat.

Even if you buy lean fat will drain.

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