What kind of ground beef do you buy?

@lilybug (21182)
United States
July 17, 2008 2:56pm CST
There are lots of different kinds of ground beef for sale. I have seen 70% lean, 80%, lean, 90% lean and even leaner. There is also ground round, ground sirloin, and ground chuck. I got some ground round the other day, but it did not have the fat % listed. Which one do you buy?
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@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
18 Jul 08
We eat more chicken and veggie meals here. Depends on what we are having to eat. Usually we do 80-85 percent lean. My hubby likes the ocassional meat loaf. He will buy the meat for it. But I am not sure what the leaness is.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Different leanness is sometimes a good idea based on what you are making.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I've tried the leanest in meatloaf - the meatloaf was so dry I could hardly swallow it. You just need some of that grease to give good flavor and stability to the meat. Take out an ingredient and you take out a flavor.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 Jul 08
When I buy ground beef I decide what grade I want by what I'm going to use it for. I get the 85% lean for hamburger sandwiches and the more lean for every thing else. I have also started using more ground turkey for meat balls and meat loaf.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I bought some 96% lean one time and it was almost too lean.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 Jul 08
for good burger you want more fat The fat gives a burger better flavor.
• United States
17 Jul 08
Usually the 80-85%. Sometimes, if we are going to make meatloaf, I get the 95% because it cuts down on the greasiness. I can't stand that 70% stuff and, also, I must admit that I've noticed the ground chuck not having a fat percent listed. I often steer my family towards chicken because I think it's better. Very rarely, we eat pork. Steak is too expensive. Hamburger is occasionally nice. But, if I'm going to get hamburger, then I try to keep it reasonably lean. I even buy those morningstar products to provide "it could be meat" meals without actually cooking up as much fat. Therefore, I must admit the leanness of the meat is a concern for me.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I buy the Morningstar Farms stuff sometimes too. Chicken is what we have most of the time too. Ground beef is a rare thing around here.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
Is Morning Star lower in sodium than ground beef? We had to stop using ground beef for health reasons, but now have to monitor the sodium content of all foods. Would love to know. Thanks!
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Honestly? I buy what ever is the leanest and cheapest. Most of the time it is ground round or ground chuck and it is at least 73% fat free.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
18 Jul 08
80 % lean is as low as I go. I try to buy 90 most of the time. I figure that by the time I cook the fat out of the 70% stuff I may as well have bought the leaner stuff based on how much grease comes out.
• Australia
18 Jul 08
I usually get normal lean ,buy a few when it's on special ,stick it in the freezer. I think you pay more depending on how lean the mince is.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Yes, the leaner it is the more expensive it is.
@schulzie (4068)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I always buy the lean ground beef. It is not regular - I think that is like 73%, and I don't buy the extra lean which I think is about 93%. I buy the one in the middle that is like 83%. The reason I don't buy the most fat ground beef is that it has too much fat, tastes greasy, and shrinks up too much. The extra lean is too dry and does not have enough fat - you have to have some fat for the flavor. With the medium grade or regular lean - 83% it has just the right amount of fat and leanness to it to taste great but not be too greasy.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I normally get the middle of the road stuff too.
• United States
28 Jul 08
We don't eat a whole lot of red meat but when we do I buy Coleman organic 85/15 ground beef. It has no antibotics or hormones. It cost a few cents more but I think it is worth it. We also eat a lot of MorningStar products...my husband likes the hot dogs (no nitrates) and LOVES the veggie burgers(never in a million years did I think he would ever eat them. I fixed them one night and didn't tell him what they were until he was done...Ha).
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I have found that if you take out a main ingredient of a product, you loose main attributes. IN this case, take out the grease and you loose a hefty flavor. Bad as it is for you, that grease is what makes so much flavor to a dish. I tried 90% lean beef and used it to make chili and it was the dryest chili ever. And as tastless. I used the same for hamburgers, and the burger was so dry I couldn't hardly make myself swallow it. Granted you could get used to it, but if I want to slurge and eat something like chili and a good burger, I'll take the grease and skimp on something later or limit my burgers. That grease that they take out for health reasons, is a main ingredient creates the biggest part of the flavor to the beef. Take it out and you are left with the dry portions of the meat's makeup.