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How to Wash and Rinse Ground Beef

Updated on July 9, 2015
Fresh ground beef
Fresh ground beef | Source

Why Wash Ground beef?

Ground beef is raw meat that contains numerous germs including bacteria and fatal E.coli.According to a study about 90 % of meat and ground meat contains fecal bacteria. In case of Ground beef ,meat having its surface no more intact is more prone to contamination making it high risk according to a recent article in Readers Digest. Washing and rinsing ground beef before cooking can help eliminate most of those problem causing organisms thus making the food you consume and serve to your family hygienic.

Directions to Rinse Ground Beef Properly

  • Place the frozen ground meat in a thin plastic bag or a zip lock bag.
  • Sometimes ground beef comes in a thin bag ( like ground beef bought from a local farm or halal market) that can be used too. Just untie the knot and fill the bag with water and tie the knot back again.
  • Fill the bag with warm preferably hot water and zip it.
  • Tie a knot in case of a regular thin bag.
  • Give it about half an hour to drain all the blood and impurities to dissolve in water.
  • After about half an hour slit a few holes in the bottom of the bag with a sharp fork and let the water drain.
  • Squeeze all the remaining water out of the bag and you are left with clean dry ground beef ready to cook.
  • either squeeze or hang the bag with your kitchen faucet to drain all the red blood infused water.
  • You will be surprised how much blood comes out of otherwise clean looking ground beef.

A Picture-Guide To the Procedure

Place ground beef in a bag(or use the bag it already came in) and fill it with hot water.
Place ground beef in a bag(or use the bag it already came in) and fill it with hot water. | Source
Let it sit for about half an hour or less.
Let it sit for about half an hour or less. | Source
Poke holes in the bag and let all the water drain.
Poke holes in the bag and let all the water drain. | Source


  1. Ground beef does not have to be frozen to be rinsed.
  2. The process should be done in a sink and the sink should be cleaned afterwards to prevent contamination.
  3. Wear gloves during all the steps.

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    • Ayeshafarid profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Sadia

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      sadia izhar 

      4 years ago

      V helpful

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      4 years ago

      Really useful tip

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      4 years ago

      Nice tip


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