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Food Fail

For the record, slow cooker meatloaf? Not so much.

I talked to my mother on the phone at lunch yesterday and when I told her I was making slow cooker meatloaf, her comment to me was something along the lines of "...umm, but how are you gonna drain the grease from it? I don't think you can cook meatloaf in something that doesn't drain, cuz then it just sits in the grease all day..."

And of course I went "pfft, what do you know motherperson, you hate cooking with a fiery passion! Obviously it's supposed to cook in its own grease! A random person posting a recipe on teh interwebz would never steer me wrong!"

This is a lesson, children- always listen to your mother.

Landlady called at 430 to tell me she'd checked on my food and that it smelled delicious! I got home at 6 and OMGYES, it smelled AMAZING. Sadly, that's all that was amazing about it.

The potatoes and carrots had been simmering in grease for ten hours, and were a gross brownish colour with a disgusting, slimy texture- I ate like three and felt my arteries hardening. The meatloaf itself was heavy and bland.

Of course, being a fair-minded person, I figured that like many foods, this was probably one that tasted better the second day, and my whole reason for making it was so I could have it for lunches for the rest of the week, so this morning when I got up I was pretty stoked it would have aged well. Wow, was I wrong.

The meatloaf was a brick of congealed fat- I couldn't even use normal force to cut through it, I had to put my elbow grease into it! And the potatoes and carrots were totally inedible, sitting in this puddle, no lie, a puddle of white fat on the plate I'd put them on. Fat that broke off into these long gross chards of white grossness when I poked at the veggies.

Ugh, not cool! Hopefully making chicken stir-fry for Tower tonight, maybe that can take away the bad memories of the meatloaf fail. This is the first recipe I've done that hasn't been good, so I'm a bit disappointed!

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indiana_j
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I think I just felt my own arteries clog. I'd never even THOUGHT of that problem with meatloaf in the slow cooker - maybe if you try it again (though I can't blame you if you don't) do it while you're at home for 4 hours?
stratford_girl
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah I didn't think of it til my mom brought it up! I'm just glad I'm too lazy to go searching for the recipe again cuz I'd leave a scathing comment lol.

Yeah doing it while I'm at home might help... I'd probably drain it throughout the cooking process in that case. But I followed the recipe to the letter and it didn't say anything about keeping it drained, which is what pissed me off!

I dunno if I'd do it in the slow cooker again, yeah, lol- I'd probably just do it in the oven the way my mom does, on that type of pan with the slats in it and the drip tray underneath!
indiana_j
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
A-ha! Out of curiosity, I did some digging and other recipes call for using a meat rack that you can put in your slow cooker so that it doesn't, uh, congeal. *shudder*

I think sticking to non-slow cooker might be best for this one - if you're worried about having enough time, make it the night before and put it in the fridge for the next day when you cook it.
stratford_girl
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
omg that makes so much sense! You're a genius! Why didn't this recipe tell me that?!?!? It was my first time ever using a slow cooker, I didn't know I needed a meat rack! *headdesk*

Yeaaaaah, next time I'll definitely do it in the oven and make it the night before! I'll stick to pot roast for the slow cooker lol!
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deathpixie
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
You don't think perhaps leaving them to turn into grey sludge was when the food poisoning set in? ;)
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deathpixie
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Uh-huh. Suuuuure it was. ;P
stratford_girl
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
lol or the uncooked bacon bones? ;)
stratford_girl
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
omg that's a totally evil slow cooker you have there! You totally can't trust it!
dexfarkin
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Meatloaf makes no sense for a slow cooker. It's not like you need to tenderize ground beef, and it cooks in the oven in under an hour.

Basic rule of thumb for slow cooker recipes; is it normally a tough cut of meat?; is the intention to deeply enfuse the flavours?; is the intention to meld a lot of different ingredients into a single dish?. Is the answer is yes to any of these things, the slow cooker is a good option. Otherwise, you're better to use the stove.
stratford_girl
Aug. 31st, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
lol yeah my mom said the same thing about it cooking in the oven in less than an hour. I just thought it would be a cheap, easy thing to make in the slow cooker! The slow cooker was a novelty! I was blinded by the shinyness of it! It's not my fault!

Hmm yeah when you put it that way, meat loaf sounds like a really crappy thing to put in a slow cooker lol! I'm gonna write that list out and put it on my fridge. Next time, I'll stick to pot roast or pulled pork. There's a recipe for barbecue beer beef I wanna try, as well as some pasta stuff. No more meat loaf!
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stratford_girl
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
omg that's awesome! Thanks for the linkage! Bookmarking!
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