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Making non-lean mince syn free

S: 12st10lb C: 11st2lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 26 Loss: 1st8lb(12.36%)
#1
Hi guys,

my first post on here, so hello to everyone!! :D

I am soon to move to Spain to live and as I was living there last year I know that they don't sell lean or extra lean mince :cry:. Some friends have said that I could drain the mince once it's cooked to make it syn free. Does anyone have any other advice on how to cook normal mince meat so that the fat is drained?

Thanks in advance!!

M x
 
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cmcewn

Silver Member
S: 28st4lb G: 12st0lb
#2
I seem to remember a post once about rinsing it with boiling water from the kettle. They seemed to think that it worked. I wouldn't think for a minute that this would be endorsed by SW but the person had been doing SW for a long time and had lost a lot of weight so it clearly worked for her.
 
S: 12st10lb C: 11st2lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 26 Loss: 1st8lb(12.36%)
#3
Thanks for that. yes, I had heard of this and wondered if anyone had tried it! It does sound a bit odd but I'm willing to seem like a complete crazy person if it means I don't put on weight whilst in Spain!

Thanks again x
 

Spanx

Pea on legs!
S: 16st13lb C: 10st13lb G: 10st12lb BMI: 25.9 Loss: 6st0lb(35.44%)
#4
I do that all the time - dry fry the mince until it's cooked - drain the fat off through a fine sieve, pour boiling water over it to get all the last fat off and then blot on kitchen roll. It works a treat when you can't get extra lean (actually, I do it with extra lean too, don't like the taste of meat fat!)
 

Circes

Strutting her stuff
S: 17st12lb C: 10st7lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 7st5lb(41.2%)
#5
As said, SW have categorically said that this does not make the mince syn free. But if it's once in a while and it doesn't seem to be affecting your losses then it'll probably be okay.
 

fillymum

synful soul
S: 107kg C: 85kg G: 79kg BMI: 33.2 Loss: 22kg(20.56%)
#6
Hi, I live in Spain and have the same problem with mince.

The answer for me has been to buy a piece of lean stewing steak and have the butcher mince it. That seems to be the only answer here.

Suerte !!!
 

fillymum

synful soul
S: 107kg C: 85kg G: 79kg BMI: 33.2 Loss: 22kg(20.56%)
#7
Thanks for that. yes, I had heard of this and wondered if anyone had tried it! It does sound a bit odd but I'm willing to seem like a complete crazy person if it means I don't put on weight whilst in Spain!

Thanks again x
Just an after thought.....you will not put weight on here. We have such fantastic fruit and veg it more than makes up for the things we don't have. Our meat is excellent as well especially the chickens.

Most of the supermarket chains now have Activia yogurts and if I am in doubt about a supermarket brand I always ask the ladies on here.
 
S: 12st10lb C: 11st2lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 26 Loss: 1st8lb(12.36%)
#8
Thanks for the advice! That does sound like a good idea.

Yes, I think I went down a very slippery slope with eating out and having tapas every night after work! So will need to get more creative in the kitchen this year. My favourite are tomatoes...they are so fresh and tasty!

Anyway, fingers crossed! xx
 
#9
I'd not heard about rinsing in boiling water. Before the low fat versions were more widely available, I used to dry fry, drain and then cover with cold water. The remaining fat 'globs' together & rises to the top. It can then easily be lifted off with a slotted spoon.
 


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