Meatloaf is a comfort food that many people continue to enjoy. The problem is that it isn’t always easy to make that perfectly moist meatloaf like Mom used to. Here are some tips on how to make a meatloaf that is moist and delicious.
When you work with ground beef (or a combination of ground meats) overmixing is something that you want to avoid. When you overmix your ground meat mixture, the result will be a heavy, tough meatloaf.
The way to avoid overmixing is to make sure to sprinkle your seasonings over the ground beef so that you will not have to do a lot of mixing. Another tip is to beat your egg and any other liquid ingredients that your recipe calls for in a separate bowl and then pour it over on top of the seasonings that you have spread over top.
Breadcrumbs are usually an ingredient in meatloaf recipes. If you use too much or your ratio of breadcrumbs to liquid is not correct, your meatloaf will be tough and dry. As you are mixing your meatloaf, add more liquid if needed to keep the meatloaf moist.
Some recipes call for adding beef broth, ketchup, egg, worcestershire sauce or even barbecue sauce. This can be your secret in making a moist meatloaf. If your recipe only calls for water and an egg, try substituting milk in place of the water. This will bind onto the breadcrumbs and can make your meatloaf moister.
Many meatloaf recipes call for a combination of ground meats. Pork, veal and beef are common combinations. Even when you are trying to make a “healthier” meatloaf, you need to realize that you do need a certain amount of fat in the meat in order to make the meatloaf moist. Using ultra-lean ground sirloin for a meatloaf may result in a dry meatloaf unless you compensate the loss of fat by adding one of the liquids listed above. Just adding dry seasonings, bread crumbs and an egg to lean ground sirloin is not going to make your meatloaf moist.
Cooking times and methods.
Overcooking the meatloaf will cause it to dry out. Caution should always be taken when using ground meats but there is no need to “overkill” the meatloaf. Use a thermometer and cook the meatloaf according to recommended temperatures.
Another way to ensure your meatloaf will not be dried out is to bake it covered with foil. If you like it a little crispy on top, remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Some people like to top their meatloaf with a coating of ketchup or other tomato based sauce. This is a way of keeping the meatloaf moist but you also need to mind that you do not overbake it.
You can make a delicious, moist meatloaf just like Grandma or Mom used to. Follow these tips and use a trusted recipe to make a perfectly moist meatloaf that your whole family will love.
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