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Meatloaf Storage and Freezing

Save time by making meatloaf ahead or freeze leftovers


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Meatloaf Storage and Freezing

Meatloaf can be mixed, formed into a loaf and frozen before cooking. To bake a frozen loaf, use the standard method but bake 1-1/2 to 2 times longer. Always check for doneness with a meat thermometer.

Whole baked meat loaves can also be frozen. Bake as usual, let cool to room temperature, wrap in foil, place in a sealed plastic bag, and store in the freezer up to 6 months.

Meatloaf Leftovers

Of course, the best use for leftover meatloaf is sandwiches! You can also use leftovers by crumbling it in chili or mixing it into a sauce served over noodles or rice. Leftover meatloaf is a natural as a filler in casseroles.

Meatloaf makes a great cold appetizer served on mustard-buttered cocktail bread and topped with sliced olives, or your choice of condiments.

For a warm appetizer, toast cocktail bread first, top with horseradish sauce, meatloaf, and grated cheese. Then heat quickly in a hot oven.

Cooking Meatloaf

There are a myriad of meatloaf recipes, from standard to gourmet and seafood to vegetarian. You might be pleasantly surprised when substituting other foodstuffs for the typical ground beef. Just think of your favorite combinations of standard dishes, and let your imagination take control of making a savory loaf. It is difficult to ruin a meatloaf, so feel free to experiment with different fillers, herbs, and spices.

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