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Old 09-16-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
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Red face Meatloaf

I made my first meatloaf today. It turned out okay tastewise, but the loaf tin contained a LOT of water for some reason , i dont know why, i didnt add any stock, the tin was half left with water. . Luckily it didnt ruin the taste of the meatloaf, but im sure without the water it would have been much more pleasant to eat. Can anyone tell me why there was so much water? Maybe i did something wrong with the recipe? I just made it up, maybe thas why lol

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Old 09-16-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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I doubt it was water and bet you it was grease. Not to worry, just dump it out and slice away.

What sort of mince did you use?
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:09 PM   #3
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Shamalicious, I'm with mudbug, it was likely grease. You might want to try putting the meat in one end of the loaf tin and leaving an end free, that way you can peek in and drain off any grease that accumulates.
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My meatloafs always generate a lot of liquid -- it's not all fat but also includes juices from the meat and veggies (onions, celery, etc.).

If it bothers you, there are a couple of solutions:

1. I have one pan (which I never use) that has sort of an insert with holes that fits into a larger outer pan; the idea is that the juices will drip through the holes into the outer pan so the meatloaf doesn't sit in them.

2. Form the loaf in a loaf pan, then invert it onto a larger baking dish before cooking it -- or just use your hands to shape it into a loaf in a baking dish; the juices will still accumulate but the loaf won't be floating in them.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:18 PM   #5
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I'll try not to hijack this too badly, but I have never put veggies in my meatloaf. Is that something you do a lot of? And what veggies please?
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Alix, it's not that unusual to add diced onions, celery, and maybe green peppers to meatloaf down here. Personally, I just go with the onions, but I agree that the other stuff is going to add liquid, You just dump it out or use it to make a pan gravy.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:27 PM   #7
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Grease? Really? The tin was really half full, i used lamb mince mudbug.. it looks a little watery to be just grease

Fryboy, the only veggies i used were a couple of red onions. I wasnt too bothered at first, because the texture of the meat stayed as I wished it to be, it wasnt soggy or too soft, it was nice n moist, but my dad thought maybe the taste wasnt as brilliant as it could have been because of all the excess liquid, extracting potential flavour from the meat. Will the loaf shape still remain the same without the tin, if i try number 2?
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Thank you mudbug. Mine is strictly ground beef, some bread crumbs, seasonings and parmesan. Never thought of the other stuff.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:27 PM   #9
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Most likely it was fat. For meatloaf, choose best-quality, low-fat mince.

If you line the bottom of your pan with bread slices, they will absorb much of the fat, and are easily discarded when you turn the meatloaf out.
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I'll try not to hijack this too badly, but I have never put veggies in my meatloaf. Is that something you do a lot of? And what veggies please?
Alix, I don't like hamburger or ground meat, texure not taste, so meatloaf really hasn't been my thing. But, I made one after watching Tyler Florence and his recipe gave me some idea's..I used half ground pork and half ground chuck, about 3/4 of alb. of each...I used 2 of those texas toast kind of bread, soaked them in milk, lightly squeezed them out add to meat, then I added chopped onions, some diced fresh tomato, I had a jar of this neat diced red and yellow bells with capers in evoo and vinegar so I added half of that jar, ketchup, salt,pepper, worcestershire, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and that was it...I've always had my meat loaf just crumble when I try to cut it this one stayed together and even I ate some of it..DH worked on it for 3 days..Oh yes before putting in the oven I cut bacon strips in half and put them over the top of the loaf..Even I have to say with the bells in there it was a nice taste.

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