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Old 12-06-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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How do you mix your meatloaf?

I've always heard not to mix the meat mixture too much because it'd make it tough. But when I make mine, it usually comes out kind of "loose" and "crumbly"?? Can't really describe it.

I've heard of some people mixing it in their Kitchen Aid mixer too. I think I might try that and see what kind of results I get.

My husband likes his meatloaf really dense and compact. LOL
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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A crumbly meat loaf usually happend because you have not used enough binders. How many lbs of meat and how many eggs and how much bread/crumbs are you using? I would play with that.

I mix my meatloaf by hand.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #3
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I also mix by hand but have used my kitchen Aid when I just don't feel like messing with it. The dough hook works well for meatloaf. Also, if it is loose, you probably need more egg and breadcrumbs. I'd try that, too!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I was thinking the same thing as the pp, that you don't have enough bread crumbs. I mix mine by hand and I just add bread crumbs until it "feels right", not too mushy.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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I also mix it by hand. Mine comes out crumbly if I don't mix it enough.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #6
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A crumbly meat loaf usually happend because you have not used enough binders. How many lbs of meat and how many eggs and how much bread/crumbs are you using? I would play with that.

I mix my meatloaf by hand.
I don't really measure anything. I probably have about a pound & a half of hamburger. I then add 1-2 eggs, spices, some ketchup and some bread crumbs. If I had to guess maybe 1/2 cup or so?
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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I use my fingers to mix. I've never had a meatloaf be crumbly. Did you use eggs?
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #8
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Fingers to mix.
I don't use bread crumbs. we use oatmeal, preferably steel cut.
Press into pan well, or form on sheet pan.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #9
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Another one that mixes by hand here. My meatloaf often falls apart too. Letting meatloaf sit a good half hour before slicing helps that I think but is not a sure fire cure.

I'd ratter meatloaf fell apart than be dry tho.

BTW am I the only 1 here that uses dry oats as a binder....I have used cracker or bread cumbs in a pinch but much prefer the oats.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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out of curiosity- why oats? and are we talking quick oats or something else?
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:06 AM   #11
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I don't really measure anything. I probably have about a pound & a half of hamburger. I then add 1-2 eggs, spices, some ketchup and some bread crumbs. If I had to guess maybe 1/2 cup or so?
You are missing a liquid, I would say?

I keep trying different combos to come up with something we all like. Right now my ingredients are...

3lbs ground beef
2 eggs
crushed garlic and butter croutons, almost a cup
small can of V8
couple dashes of salt

I mix it by hand as well with food gloves on. It is so COLD to mix, the gloves help.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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I mix mine by hand.

Thanks OP, I was wondering what to make for supper tonight. Now I know.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #13
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I would increase the amount of breadcrumbs and add more liquid. I use about 6-8 slices of bread, soak it with milk so that the bread absorbs all the milk. I end up with about 1/2 meat, 1/2 bread-milk mixture. I add salt, pepper, onion, tomato paste.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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I mix by hand, as well. Also, I much prefer to use BBQ sauce, Heinze 57 and/or Worcestershire sauce rather than ketchup. Yes, that makes me a weirdo, but I always get great compliments on it and requests to make it when we have potluck.
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I mix by hand, as well. Also, I much prefer to use BBQ sauce, Heinze 57 and/or Worcestershire sauce rather than ketchup. Yes, that makes me a weirdo, but I always get great compliments on it and requests to make it when we have potluck.
I use Worcestershire, too. DH prefers that taste over ketchup.
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