Marinating 101

August 19, 2014 – Seasoning meat and veggies in a homemade marinade is a great way to impart big flavor with little effort. Follow a few easy rules and you can create your own marinades (no recipe required!).

Marinade ingredients
There is a simple formula to creating your own marinade. Let’s break it down.

  • A basic marinade combines one part acid (i.e., vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice) and three parts oil. Acidic ingredients help tenderize the meat, while oil adds richness and moisture. (Note: You can also use an ingredient with enzymes, such as yogurt, in place of the vinegar, as these have the same tenderizing effect.)
  • To help balance the marinade, add in a salty liquid such as soy sauce, a sweetener like SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey and flavor boosters such as dried herbs and spices.
  • Taste as you go to achieve the flavor that you like, or try these recipes for inspiration:

What to marinate, and for how long
You can marinate any meat or veggie, but depending on the type, marinating times vary.
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A few more marinating tips and tricks

  • Keep marinades and foods that are marinating in the refrigerator, covered, until it is time to cook.
  • HL2014_Ribeye_Steak_Chimichurri_Recipe_Hero_Final v2Reserve some marinade in a separate dish to use as a sauce. Any marinade that touches raw meat should be discarded once the meat is cooking.
  • The best containers for marinating are re-sealable plastic bags. They cut down on clean up time and also allow even distribution of the marinade. If you would prefer to use a reusable container or bowl, use plastic or glass.
  • Don’t marinade in aluminum containers or foil, as it could have a chemical reaction with the marinade ingredients.
  • Try to think ahead for marinating chicken and steak so you can get the meats marinating the night before or in the morning.
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