ground beef, lean
fresh, chopped, optional
In a large pot - large enough to take four pounds of hamburger, and water add hamburger and crumble with hands slightly.
Add water until a soup-like consistency.
Add spices if desired.
Continue to crumble hamburger until it is soft with no lumps.
Cook to boiling, stirring occasionally.
When all hamburger is brown, it's done.
To Remove Fat: Using a ladle and fat-separating measuring cup, ladle off fat and pour into cup.
When the fat has risen to the top, open inchgate inch on measuring cup and pour broth back into the pot.
Pour the remaining fat into an empty coffee can to discard.
Alternate method: Let hamburger cool.
Place in refrigerator overnight.
Peel fat off the top and discard.
After the fat has been removed, drain.
If desired, can be rinsed to remove more fat.
First published: 1996-01-27 last updated: 2015-02-09