Secrets To Make Your Food Taste Better!

Marinades are magical flavouring liquids used to enhance flavour and tenderize food items prior to

cooking.

Marinades typically contain oil, some type of acidity (vinegar, wine or citrus), spices, and herbs. Meats, fish, and vegetables are soaked in a marinade before cooking to add flavour and tenderize the food item. The acidity component of the marinade denatures the proteins and softens the fibres of the food. Pineapple, papaya, guava, and ginger may also be used to achieve this desired effect. Once the marinade has broken down the food, the flavoured liquid enters the food item and provide moisture during cooking and protects it from drying out too quickly. Lean meats such as chicken and pork loin, really benefit from a marinade as they are more likely to dry out during the cooking process.

How Long Should You Marinate?

Than answer to this question depends on what you’re marinating. Chicken marinaded for too long in a highly acidic marinade will cause the proteins to denature too far and produce a tougher texture than desired. The same is especially true for fish and seafood. Marinate these proteins too long and you’ll end up with mush! In this case, it’s best to use milder, less acidic marinades and shorter times.

Watch Points

1. Use the table below to avoid mushy or tough food when marinating

2. Never marinate food item at room temperature. Cover your container containing the liquid and food item and store marinate in the fridge.

3. Never cover container with aluminum foil or hold your marinade in aluminum pots or bowls, use glass, ceramic or disposable ziplock bags. Certain metals may cause undesired reactions with your marinade

4. Never reuse your used marinade to baste the food while cooking. Save or make a little extra and use this instead.

Recipe

Here’s a family favourite I grew up on (thanks mom). When marinating, I prefer to use a large freezer ziplock bag then pour the marinade over top. Carefully squeeze out as much air as possible, zip it shut, and place in a covered casserole dish in the fridge. Every few hours, I remove the dish from the fridge, move everything around in the bag and turn over the meat before placing back in the fridge.