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How Do I Moisten a Dried-Up Meatloaf?

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How Do I Moisten a Dried-Up Meatloaf?
Gravy can restore dried meatloaf to its former juicy glory. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

Meatloaf gets a bad rap in American culture, but it wasn't always that way. During the lean years of World War II, ground beef was relatively inexpensive and breadcrumbs and eggs stretched a little bit of meat along way. President Harry Truman famously called meatloaf and tomato sauce his favorite meal, "Cooking Light" magazine notes. Reheating leftover meatloaf can be a challenge, because it tends to dry out. Dried-up meatloaf is not hard to fix, however. There are several ways to moisten dried meatloaf, so choose the one that works best for you.

Oven

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2

Spray nonstick cooking spray onto the bottom of a baking dish.

Step 3

Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce or gravy in the bottom of the dish.

Step 4

Arrange slices of your dried-up meatloaf in the baking dish.

Step 5

Pour another thin layer of tomato sauce or gravy on top of the meatloaf slices.

Step 6

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the meatloaf for 20 to 30 minutes or until it is hot all the way through.

Stove Top

Step 1

Place a skillet on the stove and heat it over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Fill the very bottom of the skillet with tomato sauce, gravy or water and bring it to a simmer.

Step 3

Place sliced meatloaf in the simmering liquid, cover the skillet and turn down the heat.

Step 4

Simmer the meatloaf for two to three minutes and turn it with a spatula.

Step 5

Simmer the meatloaf for another two to three minutes or until it is heated through.

Microwave

Step 1

Fill the very bottom of a microwave-safe dish with just enough water to cover it.

Step 2

Place the meatloaf in the water and sprinkle more water on top of it.

Step 3

Cover the dish loosely with plastic wrap.

Step 4

Microwave for one to two minutes on high and check to see if the meatloaf is done. Continue cooking for one minute at a time until the meatloaf is heated through.

Fry

Step 1

Place a skillet on the stove and let it heat for a five to 10 seconds over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Place 1 to 2 tbsp. of unsalted butter in the hot pan and let it melt until it is bubbly.

Step 3

Place slices of meatloaf in the hot butter and fry them for one to two minutes. Turn the slices with a spatula and fry them on the other side for another one to two minutes or until they are slightly crisp. Instead of fighting its dryness, this method enhances it.

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