Saturday, August 27, 2011

PRODUCT REVIEW - Meatloaf Pan and Meatloaf Recipe

 As if there are not enough kitchen gadgets around already.....!  But then again, are there ever enough?

Some are horrible, wastes of time and money....making one wonder if the inventor ever beat an egg or boiled a kettle of water!
The Perfect Meatloaf Pan in use
Then again, there are those gizmos that make you wonder how you ever survived without them.

Such is the case with this meatloaf pan I ordered through a t.v. add recently.  Called the "Perfect Meatloaf" pan, it comes with instructions for use and care along with a handy little recipe guide. It looked simple, even logical.  A loaf pan with an insert that lifted the food away from accumulating grease.
 How many of us have had to suffer through greasy, soggy, falling apart, stuck to the pan meatloaf?

Putting the meat onto the insert
Well, not with this handy tool!  It really does perform as promised.
As you can see from the photos, the loaf sits on the insert within the pan, cooks the normal amount of time, and comes out solid, maintaining its shape. We like our meatloaf with a tomato or ketchup top (see below), but that's not necessary.  

Also, you can use it for other things....they suggest stuffed peppers....I'll try that some time
Some product use hints: Of course don't use it in the microwave-metal and microwaves don't mix! The manufacturer also recommends to not use it under the broiler.
Placing insert w/ meat in pan

As in all new kitchen gadget purchases, clean the pan and insert with warm, soapy water before the first use and dry it completely before putting on your non-sticking agent (release spray like Pam, margarine or oil).

For now, here's a Meatloaf Recipe.
Please note that you can use beef, ground chicken or turkey, or anything that has the same sort of consistency.   Some folk like to make a nut/tofu loaf....they can be pretty tasty.  I don't know how they'd work with this pan, but if anybody gets one and wants to try it out, let me know!


2 lb ground meat (beef, chicken, etc.)     
salt/low salt
pepper to your liking         
garlic diced
1 egg                                                      
onion diced
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or                         
1/4 to 1/2  rolled oats                            
ketchup  or tomato sauce for top
release spray or oil for pan

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees   Prepare pan and pan insert by spraying all surfaces with release spray or greasing it all with margarine or olive oil

Pretty much combine all ingredients except for the release spray/grease  and ketchup in a large bowl.
Completed meatloaf before removing from pan
You may wish to add more seasonings, it's up to you.   Shape the whole thing into a loaf  and pop it into the pan.  I like to put the ketchup on top of the meatloaf so it cooks into kind of a crust, but it's optional.
 Bake in the oven 45 minutes to 1 hour.   Test by inserting a knife in the center.  There should be some resistance, it should feel firm and the knife should be fairly clean and hot-feeling when you withdraw it.

Great side-dishes - steamed broccoli, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese....think comfort food!

And don't forget-Meatloaf means Meatloaf Sandwiches for lunch!  YUM! 

In short, I was pleased with the product's ease of use and the fact that it worked as promised.

On a scale of one to five mixing bowls, one being YUCK!  five being YUM!
We'll see how it lasts the test of time, but as a new gadget, 
I give the Perfect Meatloaf Pan a rating of five, for performance, quality and truth in advertising.

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