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Old 09-10-2017, 11:01 PM   #1
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Crockpot meatloaf

Hi. Im new here, so I hope I am posting this question in the appropriate place.
I began cooking meatloaf in my crockpot instead of my oven. It comes out great, but theres always a lot of fluid/grease/fat? pooled up at the bottom. Is this normal? Is there any way to avoid it?

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Old 09-10-2017, 11:05 PM   #2
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That is normal if you cook meatloaf in a pan. You can use a leaner meat, and sweat your veggies to dry them out a bit. Do you use bread crumbs? That will help some, too.

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Old 09-10-2017, 11:33 PM   #3
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Hi. Im new here, so I hope I am posting this question in the appropriate place.
I began cooking meatloaf in my crockpot instead of my oven. It comes out great, but theres always a lot of fluid/grease/fat? pooled up at the bottom. Is this normal? Is there any way to avoid it?
Hi Megatrillionss, and welcome to DC.

If you're cooking meatloaf in a crockpot, yes, there will be a lot of pooled grease and there's no way to avoid it. Is there any particular reason that you choose to use a crock pot instead of the oven? Meatloaf does best in a dry oven environment to get that nice crust and on a rack to let the grease drain.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:49 PM   #4
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

This would be a bit of a pain with a crock pot, but I pour off the fat and liquid from a baked meatloaf and make gravy for the mashed potatoes with it
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:18 PM   #5
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Depending upon the size of your crock, one of these may fit.

https://www.amazon.com/ChefLand-Roas...dp/B00RLQY9IK/

It won't eliminate the pooled grease, but it will keep the meatloaf out of it.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:33 PM   #6
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Welcome Megatrilloss.

I have always prepared my meatloaf in classic tradition in the oven ..

Why a crock pot verses oven ?
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:43 PM   #7
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To answer the original question, yes, it's normal. It seems more off putting in a crockpot as there is no way for the liquids to run off as in a baking pan.

If you don't have an oven or toaster oven, then your crockpot method will do. If possible, try to find a rack that fits in the crockpot so the meatloaf sits above the drained liquids. Otherwise, remove the cooked meatloaf to a rack and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to drain.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:29 AM   #8
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In my Ninja Kitchen system, I have a mesh rack that I use when I am baking stuff that I don't want to be in the liquids.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:03 PM   #9
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There are two ways to avoid the grease:

1. If you have or can find a rack that fits the bottom your crock pot, place the rack in first, the put the meatloaf on top of the rack.

2, Line the bottom of the crock pot with several layers of paper towels. The paper towels will absorb the grease. Remove the meatloaf, then discard the greasy paper towels.
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You can also layer the bottom of the pot with thick sliced onions to keep the meatloaf above the grease.
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