Wednesday's In the Know: Meat Marinades – Think Outside the Box
We all know that meat marinades can tenderize, infuse and ultimately give tremendous flavor to our proteins and veggies, but did you know just how many options are available to you? Knowing this, you can marinate your proteins every night of the week and no one would ever know you were simply switching a few ingredients around!
First of all, what is a marinade:
- In its simplest and purest form, marinades are used to tenderize proteins and infuse them with flavor. A marinade usually includes a fat (oil) and acid (vinegar, pineapple juice, etc.).
- From here, it’s fun to think outside the box by adding herbs (chopped rosemary, thyme, basil oregano, sage, mint, tarragon, etc.), zest (orange, lemon, lime), onions (yellow, shallots, and even leeks or green onions) and spices like cumin, cayenne, paprika, etc.
- Place all ingredients in a heavy duty Ziplock bag, add protein and allow to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, if cooking right away. If cooking later, place on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator overnight or in the morning for that night’s dinner. Be careful to not marinate too long as the acid can start to “cook” the protein.
Marinades can come in all forms: Here are a few ideas in addition your standard oil and vinegar concoction:
- Greek Yogurt
- Pineapple juice
- Apple cider
- Tomato sauce
- Papaya Juice
- Caper Juice
Now that you are equipped with a few new ways to take your weekly cooking routine to the next level, where are you going to begin?
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