Raise your hand if you're guilty of draining ground beef right down the sink drain. Shame on you! Just kidding, we've all done it.
My husband is a civil engineer but he does have a concentration in environmental engineering and he has spent a fair amount of time down in man holes for work. He said you would be so grossed out by what you see down there-- what people flush and rinse down drains. I don't even want to know. I do know this: there's a reason why your town/city instruct you not to pour grease down drain. It's bad for the environment and your home's drain.
So after years of trial and error, I've found the best way (for me) to drain ground beef and dispose of it… and it doesn't involve me sliding on my flops and trekking out to the edge of the field in the middle of the dark night to pour it out either.
Some suggest draining in aluminum foil bowls then letting it sit overnight to congeal. I used to do that but would add a little water to help the congealing process so I could throw it in the trash can without the hot grease burning a hole through my plastic trash bag; thus causing me to say lots of terrible words.
Now I simply use a sieve/strainer/colander/whatever you want to call it that makes you sleep better at night, a plate, and paper towels. Place 2 or a few more paper towels on the plate and then the strainer on the plate, then pour in the beef and grease. Give it a few minutes to sit. Use your beef as you see fit, then simply throw away the paper towels carefully.
If you do it differently, how do you do it? Do tell.