If you’re like me, you love meatloaf. But how do you know it’s done? Here’s how to tell if your meatloaf is ready to eat:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is optimal for meatloaf, but you can use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked through. The USDA recommends cooking your meatloaf until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the loaf (the FDA recommends 165).
- Pat dry 2 pounds ground beef, then add 1 cup minced onion, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 cup bread crumbs or cornflakes crumbled into small pieces and 2 eggs beaten with 1/4 cup milk or water; mix well with hands until just combined (do not overmix!). Shape into an oblong loaf about 3 inches high on a foil-lined baking sheet; bake 30 minutes uncovered before topping with any glaze or sauce if desired–then broil another 5 minutes until browned if desired!
Set out a loaf pan on the counter and spray it with nonstick spray.
- Spray the loaf pan with nonstick spray, then line it with aluminum foil.
- Place a wire rack in the bottom of the loaf pan (this will ensure that air can circulate around your meatloaf while it cooks) and set aside until you’re ready to add your meat mixture later on in this step-by-step guide!
Put your seasoned meatloaf into the loaf pan and place in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Now that you have all of your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking. Place your seasoned meatloaf into the loaf pan and place in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check internal temperature with a thermometer before serving!
After 45 minutes, check the internal temperature of your meatloaf with a thermometer.
After 45 minutes, check the internal temperature of your meatloaf with a thermometer. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). If it’s lower than that, continue cooking until it reaches that temperature.
If you’re using an instant-read digital thermometer and want to make sure it’s accurate, use an ice water bath to calibrate beforehand: Fill a bowl with ice cubes and water; submerge your digital thermometer in the ice bath for five seconds; then remove the thermometer and let it sit until it returns to room temperature before reading again
If your meatloaf is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it.
When your meatloaf is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the loaf, so that when you slice into it and take a bite, there’s no blood or weeping tears of sadness (or joy!).
Use a thermometer to ensure that your meatloaf is fully cooked
You can also use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meatloaf. This will ensure that it’s fully cooked and safe to eat. The USDA recommends that all ground meats be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which means you should take your meatloaf out of the oven when it reaches this temperature.
If you don’t have a thermometer handy, there’s another way to gauge whether or not your meatloaf is ready: press gently into its center with your finger–if it springs back slightly (without any raw spots), then it’s done!
Now that you know how long to cook 2 lb meatloaf, you can make this recipe at home. The best part about it is that it’s so easy! You just need some ground beef and some spices, then throw them together in a loaf pan with some eggs and milk before putting them in the oven for 45 minutes or so. Once they’re done cooking, let them rest for 5 minutes before serving up slices of delicious meaty goodness.