How do you mix your meatloaf?

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  1. maslex

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    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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  3. TheIncredibles!

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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.
     
  4. DisneyDizzy

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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! :thumbsup2
     
  5. anniemae

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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.
     
  6. deserrai

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    I also mix it by hand. Mine comes out crumbly if I don't mix it enough.
     
  7. maslex

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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?
     
  8. HM

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    I use my fingers to mix. I've never had a meatloaf be crumbly. Did you use eggs?
     
  9. Meriweather

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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.
     
  10. dyna

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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.
     
  11. leight

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    out of curiosity- why oats? and are we talking quick oats or something else?
     
  12. The Mystery Machine

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    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.
     
  13. SaraJayne

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    I mix mine by hand.

    Thanks OP, I was wondering what to make for supper tonight. Now I know. :thumbsup2
     
  14. abdmom

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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.
     
  15. JennaDeeDooDah

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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.
     
  16. SaraJayne

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    I use Worcestershire, too. :) DH prefers that taste over ketchup.
     
  17. indimom

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    Can't answer for the others, but I use oats simply because they are easier. No tearing up bread or crushing crackers, just scoop with the measuring spoon. I'm a lazy cook. lol.
    Honestly, I've used traditional oats and quick oats. Never noticed any difference.
    I also mix by hand. My meatloaf is never crumbly.
     
  18. arminnie

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    Because that's what my mother did. Any kind works.

    It's probably healthier than most bread.
     
  19. HippieChickadee

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    By hand! I can tell whether it needs more ketchup or more breadcrumbs best when mixing it by hand
     
  20. HM

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    Rachel Ray has a great meatloaf muffin recipe. It used salsa, bbq sauce, green pepper, onion, worchester sauce, bread crumbs, etc. It takes very little time to cook (15 min in oven) and is easy to serve since it's already in serving sizes (two per person to start). The only thing is cleaning the tin is a bit cumbersome.
     
  21. GusGus77

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    BY hand here, too. I have used bread crumbs and oats. I also use pureed veggies (usually carrots and spinach) for moisture, bbq sauce (especially the raspberry grilling sauce when I have it) and eggs. I never measure anything, though, just throw it together until it is the right consistency.
     

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