I can’t believe I just figured this out!

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You may already have done this, but it is new to me!  My family loves my meatloaf, meatballs, etc.. but I HATE mixing all the ingredients with my hands, I just don’t like to touch raw meat.  My Mum always mixed it by hand and never complained about it which make me feel like I might be whining about something so small, but maybe it isn’t small at all;.  Perhaps there are lots of you out there that feel like I do…raw meat…ewwwww!  You would think that food safe gloves would be on my shopping list at all times, but I honestly never remember to look for them when I shop.  I have in desperation used my stand mixer, and it works great sans extra clean up it requires.   So………… after staring down my meatloaf mixture, pre-mixing, the other day, it came to me!  Hefty, Hefty, Hefty….yes a gallon sized zipping plastic bag!

I placed all the ingredients in the bag, squeezed out all the air and sealed it!  Once sealed I just squished and mixed to my hearts content and you know what, it worked!  I am so excited that I will never have to touch this meat mix again….not have to worry about cross contamination…at least when I make meatloaf!  Look how nicely it mixed up….

Tell me now, I can take it…. did you already know this bag trick?  If not, how do you currently mix up ground meat mixtures?

By the way, the recipe I use for my meatloaf is here.  I always tweek the recipe one way or another, but one thing never changes, I always top it with a coating of ketchup and a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese prior to baking, just like my Mum did.

Enjoy your clean hands!!

— Deedee


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