The Best Way to Shape a Meatloaf

Ditch the loaf pan and go freeform for the tastiest meatloaf you’ve ever made.


Ditch the loaf pan. The best way to shape and cook meatloaf is to go free form. Take the mixture and place it on a lightly greased broiler rack and gently shape it into a loaf. This will guarantee the meatloaf won't be watery or have a texture of a hockey puck. Put it in the oven for about an hour on 350, and you'll have dinner in no time. For more test kitchen tips visit
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