Find the Fat

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Fat is a very important component in our diet. It's the most efficient source of energy in our bodies, and plays an important role in the flavor of foods. Here's an experiment you can try to see just how much fat is in ground beef.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • a nonstick skillet
  • a wooden spoon
  • a slotted spoon
  • a thick, heat-resistant plastic cup
  • a kitchen scale
  • hot pads
  • a fine mesh strainer with handle (optional)
  • paper towels
  • a heat source (hot plate or stove)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, ESI-0104724