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Old 08-09-2017, 03:30 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
Fewer breadcrumbs and less liquid.
Skip the egg.

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Old 08-09-2017, 03:36 PM   #22
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One of the ways I drain our meatloaf is to make a "sling" out of aluminum foil in the baking pan. I simply tear off a piece of foil with dimensions equal to the two short sides and the bottom of the pan, along with a few more inches for a grabber. Fold the foil, lengthwise, to fit the narrow width of the pan and let the leftover part hang over the edge to grab.

When the meatloaf is done, just lift it out of the pan (out of the juices) onto a serving platter.

Let the meatloaf rest for a few minutes before serving.

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Old 08-09-2017, 04:18 PM   #23
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I make mini meatloaves on a broiler pan that way they drain while cooking.

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Old 08-09-2017, 04:22 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Caslon View Post
Skip the egg.
The egg is part of the binder (with bread crumbs and milk) that helps the meat hold together. It's necessary for meatloaf, in my opinion.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:59 PM   #25
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I guess I'm a bit different from y'all, this how I do my meatloaf

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Blissful, if your hubby likes his meatloaf "chewy" and more like a hamburger as Andy mentioned, so does my DH and he LOVES this meatloaf!
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:46 PM   #26
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This is going to be a ridiculous request that I need help with. The meatloaf I have made the past two times has been too moist. Not to me, but to my husband. He would like a more 'chewy' meatloaf. So please help.

For each lb of hamburger I usually add, a handful or more of bread or cracker crumbs, 1 egg, salt and pepper, some ketchup or tomato sauce.

Later today I'm making meatloaf again, can you make suggestions so that I make a more chewy meatloaf?
Not sure that I'd call it "chewy" exactly but I make mine as I learned from my mother (don't most of us at least start that way?). I use similar proportions, but I use Quaker Oats for the grain filler, one egg and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped onion per pound, and sometimes I sauté sliced mushrooms golden brown and chop and add to the mix- no tomato anything.

I cook it in a loaf pan (or in a 9x13 cake pan for a larger group) for an hour in a 350° oven, then pour off any grease that has cooked out of the beef, add one can of cream of mushroom soup per pound over the loaf, dot with sliced green pimento olives, then back in the oven for about another half hour. It's moist without being wet.

I guess that it comes from what I was raised with, but I've never been a fan of tomato based meatloaf sauces.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:50 PM   #27
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Well, and well and well, thank you for all the suggestions and I can't try all of them at once! I see myself hanging from a sling off a ladder to get the grease out of it, and there is a lot, it's heavy on fat. While doing these acrobatics, I'm baking the tomato sauce/ketchup/pizza sauce to a nice finish and also cooking it a bit longer. I really couldn't ask for better friends than all of you sending me so many suggestions. The idea of finishing it with a cream of something soup or olives, well that's something I would like but not so much the DH. I may have to try it for me.

Tomorrow Dh will be eating it, I'll ring in with what he says (due to you all) and the verdict. OR, if it doesn't work out, then I'll try again with different suggestions.

Here is what I had, 5 lbs of inexpensive hamburger, 1 large onion at least a cup and a half of chopped, salt, pepper, 5 eggs, 1 cup of oatmeal (that's less than 1/4 cup per lb), then after the first hour, 1 cup of ketchup and 1 cup of pizza sauce on top, then another hour in the 350 degree F oven (yeah, over cooking it), then I poured off 12 oz of liquid fat, and 15 minutes later, sucked out another 4 ounces of it with a turkey baster. I just ate a 5 oz portion, my goodness it was DELICIOUS and chewy and I hope my Dh likes it tomorrow.

I packaged at least 7 lunches of meatloaf with potatoes and green beans, butter, salt. I still have another 10 servings of meatloaf. I'm a happy camper, now if Dh and DS are happy, then we are a happy family. If DH is happy then I'll have to marry him again tomorrow.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:42 AM   #29
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Kaneohegirlinaz--I think if I put bacon on meatloaf, like a crowning glory, I'd be serving it everyday and they wouldn't eat anything else. Too much of a good thing, and they do look great! My family is bacon crazy!

I'm waiting for DH to come home from the store to taste test it.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:09 PM   #30
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DH said the texture was perfect for him, chewy firm, slice-able and he liked the taste too.

So thank you friends for your dedicated service to better food!

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