How to heat up meat loaf

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How to heat up meat loaf
Served with mashed potatoes and slathered in gravy, meat loaf makes a tasty dinner. (MSPhotographic/iStock/Getty Images)

For food safety reasons, meat loaf should be served hot. Whether you are reheating a partial meat loaf from a previous night's dinner or reheating a whole meat loaf that you had frozen, keep safe meat temperatures in mind. You can reheat any type of meat loaf in the oven or reheat a previously cooked meat loaf in slices in the microwave. Cooking times vary depending on whether the meat loaf has been fully cooked before and what method you use.

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Things you need

  • Meat thermometer
  • Knife
  • Microwave-safe plate

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    Oven method

  1. 1

    Thaw the meat loaf for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator if it has previously been frozen.

  2. 2

    Preheat the oven to 190C.

  3. 3

    Cover the meat loaf with aluminium foil and bake it for about 90 minutes if the meat loaf was raw or about 20 minutes if it was already cooked.

  4. 4

    Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. A previously raw meat loaf needs to reach at least 72C for red meat or 77C for minced poultry. A previously cooked meat loaf needs to reach 60C.

    Microwave method

  1. 1

    Slice the refrigerated cooked meat loaf into 2.5 cm slices.

  2. 2

    Arrange the slices in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Place a damp paper towel over them to keep them moist during reheating.

  3. 3

    Heat the meat loaf slices on the medium setting for one minute. Flip the slices over with a spatula and return them to the microwave for another minute.

  4. 4

    Check the temperature in the centre of the slices with a meat thermometer. If the slice is not yet 60C, continue heating in 30-second increments until it reaches this temperature.

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