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Old 09-12-2017, 03:30 PM   #11
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Curious - why do you cook meatloaf in the slow cooker? Baking it in the oven, either free form on a rack on a sheet pan or in a loaf pan with a removable draining insert, would alleviate the problem and avoid the waste of paper towels or onions. And in my opinion, it tastes better that way, too
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:17 PM   #12
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Megatrillionss, another way you can avoid having the meat sit in the grease while it's cooking in the crock pot is simply to ball up some aluminum foil. Put a couple large balls on the bottom of your crock pit and place the meat on top of them.

And if you use a crock pot liner, all you have to do is take the meat out and throw out the liner. No fuss, no muss.

GG, I like to do foods in the crock pot myself, especially pork roast. If I'm not feeling really lazy I'll sear it first, but usually I just dump it in there, throw in whatever seasonings and marinade I want and then forget it. Sometimes I'll add a couple potatoes. I don't always miss the crust on some meats. It's for days I'm feeling lazy.
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:28 PM   #13
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Megatrillionss, another way you can avoid having the meat sit in the grease while it's cooking in the crock pot is simply to ball up some aluminum foil. Put a couple large balls on the bottom of your crock pit and place the meat on top of them.

And if you use a crock pot liner, all you have to do is take the meat out and throw out the liner. No fuss, no muss.

GG, I like to do foods in the crock pot myself, especially pork roast. If I'm not feeling really lazy I'll sear it first, but usually I just dump it in there, throw in whatever seasonings and marinade I want and then forget it. Sometimes I'll add a couple potatoes. I don't always miss the crust on some meats. It's for days I'm feeling lazy.
This is meatloaf, though. The time-consuming part is getting out the ingredients and mixing them together.

Maybe it's because my slow cooker is old, but it seems to dry out just about everything I cook in it and the flavor is washed out. I like meats much better braised or roasted in the oven.
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I know. But sometimes it's just more fun to throw things in a crock pot. For instance, tomorrow I'm making my potato cheddar bacon soup and I could toss the potatoes in a pot with water and cook them in about 15 minutes or so.

But instead, I'm tossing chopped frozen hash browns into a crock pot and letting them cook for 6 hours or so. I don't know why. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
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