To soften: Take the entire carton and put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Check and if it hasn’t softened keep going at 5 second intervals. This will make the scooping easier and won’t turn your ice cream into a puddle.
To make birthday party treats ahead of time: Scoop ice cream into muffin pan liners and place in muffin tins. Decorate with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate chips. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.
When cooking I like to have all my ingredients already measured next to where I am working. In the early days I would use several bowls but you can use your regular or mini muffin tin. Just pre-measure and dump into each section of the tin and you’ve only got one item to wash.
To mix: The next time you make meatloaf, put all ingredients in a zippered plastic bag and knead the ingredients in the bag. No mess! You can also use your potato masher to mix ingredients and also keep those hands grease free.
To make a meatloaf that cooks faster, don’t use a loaf pan. Instead, mold your loaf on a cookie sheet or metal pie plate lined with foil or parchment. The longer and skinnier you make it, the faster it will cook. As an added bonus, you won’t have a pan to clean and will have more browned crust.
For individual portions: Divide the meatloaf into muffin tins. This will not only cook faster, it’s great for kids too.
To prevent sticking in pan: Meatloaf will not stick if you place a few strips of bacon on the bottom of the pan.