I made the Spark people crockpot meatloaf and set the whole loaf pan inside the crockpot. It was lean meat but the fat that was in it rose to the top and I was able to pour the fat off before serving.
2/20/13 7:32 A
I set my meats on top of an ovensafe rack that I've made for the inside of my crockpot. Mine is an old metal cover to something that has some holes drilled in it. Nothing fancy, but it does the trick. I just scrub it out each time and reuse it.
If you visit your local dollar store, you can look in their foil pan aisle and find something that you can place upside down (poke holes in it for dripping) and you've got yourself a homemade, disposable drip pan.
2/20/13 7:07 A
I've seen recipes for slow-cooker stuff that specify setting whatever it is, on top of something in the the slow cooker. An upside-down heat-proof dish, balls of aluminum foil-- as long as it's heat proof and the food sits steady on it-- I reckon you could use just about anything. My slow cooker is oval and I happen to have a shallow oval corningware dish that fits in there pretty good.
When I make meat loaves I actually totally wrap it up in foil and bake it. The meat I use is always very lean, and I extend it further with some cooked/drained lentils and pureed/drained veges and oat-bran. I put oat-bran on the foil and roll the meat mix in it to totally coat it, then roll it up in the foil and bake it, only opening a little for the steam to come out near the end of cooking. When I put it into the Nutrition Tracker it is VERY light on fats.
I don't know of any slow cooker that comes with a drip tray, but don't see any reason why you couldn't get a very small one and put it into the slow cooker.
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1 2/20/13 12:20 A
I have yet to see any kind of drip pan or grill for a slow cooker. I usually have to drain the fat halfway through and again at the end when using my slow cooker. I know a roaster comes with the little drip pan or grill you can sit the meat on instead, but I've never seen a slow cooker come with anything for that. I'd be curious if anyone else out there knows about this, as I use mine a lot and would like to know as well. I wonder if there is an ovenware drip pan that would fit in a slow cooker that would be acceptable to use. Wish I could help more.
I try to avoid saturated fat (as per the generally accepted guidelines) and I curious about slow cookers. Even regular meatloaf overware has a drip pan. And if you make a meatloaf in a slow cooker (assuming you use the leanest meat), the meat is still sitting in the baking dish with the fat. Is there a way of making meatloaf where the fat drip away (in a slow cooker)?
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