Food - Drink
Ina Garten's Trick For Ultra-Moist Meatloaf
By ERIN SHAW
There are several variations on meatloaf, but one thing they all have in common is the unfortunate possibility of coming out dry. There are many tricks to keep your meatloaf moist, but Ina Garten has a meatloaf-moistening hack that doesn't affect your ingredients list at all.
According to Garten, the easiest way to keep your meatloaf moist is to, well, add extra moisture — not to the loaf mixture itself, but to the oven. After putting her meatloaf into the oven, Garten fills a separate pan with hot tap water and places it on the rack below the meatloaf.
During the meatloaf's hour-long cooking process, the water in the pan evaporates into steam, moistening the loaf. The Birch Cottage also advises placing a pan of water underneath your meatloaf to give it the "melt-in-your-mouth" quality that is absent in many meatloaf recipes.