If you love meatloaf, but hate trying to serve it, then the makers of the Perfect Meatloaf Pan want your business. They know that you probably enjoy eating it, but they also know that there are parts about the process of making it that you don’t like, and they’ve tried to fix all of them in one swoop. So were they successful?
Meatloaf may be delicious but there’s no real good way to cook it without making it real greasy. If you use a traditional pan, the loaf just stews in its own juices and grease and ends up all crumbly, soggy, and underdone.
Most people like the taste of meatloaf, and busy moms like that it’s easy to make, doesn’t cost much, and feeds the whole family without a lot of preparation. But all of the complaints about making meatloaf really add up, and the Perfect Meatloaf Pan tries to hit all of them.
By making a completely non-stick pan with an elevated tray they claim that you’ll have a grease-free, perfectly browned on all sides meatloaf that is easy to serve because the whole thing comes out of the pan, and lets you slide the loaf onto a serving tray.
You don’t have to stick to meatloaf with the Perfect Meatloaf Pan. They claim that you can cook things like pork loin and stuffed peppers. They also say that it’s dishwasher safe, but it’s made of a non-stick coating so we don’t recommend doing this. Running it under warm water and lightly washing it with a sponge or cloth is a great way to make sure that the non-stick coating lasts as long as it can.
The hype is that all this fuss is about meatloaf. Yes, it’s good, but does it hold such a position in your life that it merits it’s own pan? If the answer is yes, then the hype is justified, and the idea is novel. It actually makes sense to lift your loaf out of all the fat and grease that accumulates when using traditional pans.
They can’t charge too much for something like a meatloaf pan, or no one would buy it. It’s not like you can say Honey, I spent $50 on a meatloaf pan, without causing a domestic dispute. So they priced the Perfect Meatloaf Pan at the classic TV price of $19.95 plus shipping and handling of $7.95, so for less than $28 you can have it delivered to your door and be ready to go.
You have to commit yourself to making meatloaf on a regular basis, or stuffed peppers, or pork loin, if you want to get enough use out of the pan.
There’s not much to the pan, and they don’t really claim that it has a lot of moving parts, and killer apps. It’s your basic loaf pan but it has a tray that is inserted that keeps the loaf separate from the pan itself. So instead of fumbling trying to get the loaf out of the pan, or to serve directly from the pan, you just lift the whole thing out and put it on a plate where you can cut it up and serve it.
Be sure to follow all of the instructions included, but also make adjustments on your first few batches so that you make sure it cooks long enough and get it cooked the way your family likes. You may find that when you follow the directions it’s a little bit rare, or your over may run high and you find it’s a bit too well done for your liking. Soon you’ll get it right and you can simply replicate that process once you find it.
Does the Perfect Meatloaf Pan Really Work?
It does and it doesn’t. You probably won’t get it to look identical to the ones shown in the commercial. They probably use those little propane blowtorches to give it that perfectly browned look all the way around. It will keep your meatloaf out of the swimming pool of grease that a regular pan has. What’s left is a meatloaf that is still moist, as it does retain some of the juices, but the heavier fats drip out of the loaf and end up at the bottom of the pan.
If your family loves the meatloaf you currently make, they’re going to really enjoy what comes out of the Perfect Meatloaf Pan. It’s an ingenious design, don’t let the simplicity of the idea fool you. It may look like an ordinary loaf pan, but the magic is the inserted tray and it makes all the difference. Prepare to have a family of meatloaf fiends.