Tired of the same old chicken, beef and pork recipes? Marinating is an easy way to add more flavor to meats. Whats is a marinade?A marinade is a sauce, usually made with oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs. Meat, fish, and poultry fish, are soaked in the sauce or marinade before cooking in order to flavor or tenderize the meat. I’m a big fan of marinating meats, it really ups your cooking game.
A Few Marinating Tips
- Containers to use: For easy cleanup, use food-safe plastic bags during storage, and discard the bags after marinating. You may also use food-grade plastic, stainless steel, or glass containers to marinate food. I mostly marinate using a one-gallon heavy Ziploc bag to hold the meat and marinade.
- Where to marinate: Always marinate food in the refrigerator, never on the counter. If you marinate in a container, cover the container and refrigerator.
- Can you reuse marinade?: Never reuse marinade used on raw meat or poultry. If you plan to use a portion of the marinade as a sauce, reserve some of the marinade before putting in the raw meat or poultry.
- Storing marinated food: You can store marinated poultry in your refrigerator for two days. Beef, pork, chops, and steaks may be marinated up to 3 days. Always pay attention to the meats use by date.
- Cook it safely: Be sure to use a food thermometer and cook the meat to a safe minimum internal temperature.
The Basic Building Blocks of a Marinade
1 part of something acidic like vinegar or lemon juice. The acid in marinades causes meat and poultry tissue to break down for a tenderizing effect. This also causes meat and poultry to hold more liquid, making it juicier.
1 part oil, I mostly use olive oil in my marinades.
Add in something salty like a soy or Worcestershire sauce.
Add a few aromatics like garlic, onions and herbs and spices.
3 Simple Marinades
- Mix up oil and vinegar, lemon juice or wine, then add a few herbs and spices for one of the easiest marinades to whip up quickly.
- For a marinade with an Asian flair, mix soy sauce and oil, with a few chopped onions and garlic.
- Mix up some fresh ginger, minced garlic, chopped scallions, and soy sauce.
Starrt marinating and get those creative juices flowing. 🙂
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