Blotting Your Food Can Save Thousands of Calories

Have you ever picked up a slice of pizza and noticed the grease puddles? If the answer is yes, did you eat it anyway or blot it with a napkin? If you ate it, you may want to consider blotting in the future. According to an article on, blotting pizza can save approximately 35 calories per slice. A study by Labdoor Magazine went even further and determined that blotting a slice of pepperoni pizza could save 4.5 grams of fat per slice, which equals 40.5 calories from fat per slice. With the average American consuming approximately 87 slices of pizza each year, blotting off the excess grease would equate to 66 slices. At 117 calories from fat per slice, blotting reduces that figure to 76.5. Over the course of a year, you would save just over 6,600 calories from fat.

I’ve blotted pizza and it’s insane how much grease and how many napkins you can use up. It’s a fun experiment, if you’re into that sort of thing. So if blotting pizza can save calories and fat consumption, then I started to wonder what else I could blot. I chose McDonald’s breakfast. Would removing excess grease and fat would make me feel better about consuming high caloric food?

So I took Cara to breakfast and ordered two Sausage McMuffins and two hash browns. One for each of us. It wasn’t all for me. For Cara’s sandwich, I asked them to hold the cheese and butter due to her food allergies.  I probably should have held off on the butter for mine too. Cara wanted to eat the hash brown first, so I set down the hash brown on a napkin and used another napkin to blot the top. Blotting the hash brown required a certain degree of finesse. I had to apply enough pressure to soak up some grease without compromising the integrity and shape of the hash brown.


The napkin on the right was the bottom napkin and it looks like the pressure I applied forced the oil out of the bottom. The napkin on the left doesn’t look anywhere near as bad.

After the hash brown, it was time for the Sausage McMuffin. Sausage is inherently greasy and contains a lot of fat so I was looking forward to blotting that bad boy. I didn’t have to worry about compromising anything with this so I pressed down hard. The sausage flattened out pretty good. Here’s what I got with one napkin. I used another one after that and got some more grease out.


After blotting Cara’s food, I blotted mine. Here’s the aftermath of all of the grease I removed from the full order.


So what did I learn through my experiment? Not much, other than my food didn’t taste the same. With all of the grease on the napkin instead of the sausage, the popular breakfast meat was dry and less flavorful. It still wasn’t bad though. I guess that’s a sign that it worked. The hash brown, on the other hand, tasted the same. Since I had to be more gentle, there was a finite amount of oil I could remove from it, unless I wanted to flatten it out like a pancake.

With my scientific analysis concluded, it’s safe to say that I’ll continue blotting food, whether it be fast food or home-cooked. It won’t make me eat fast food any more than I normally do but if I can save myself and my family a few calories and especially the fat, then I’m all in.





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