How to Marinate

Marinades make the meal

How to Marinate

The purpose of marinating is for the food to absorb the flavors of the marinade or, as in the case of a tough cut of meat, to tenderize it. Because most marinades contain acidic ingredients the marinating should be done in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container or in a ziplock bag -- NEVER in aluminum.

For each pound of food to be marinated (meat, poultry, fish, vegetables), use 2 tablespoons each of olive oil and balsamic.

Mix contents well and distribute evenly over food. Cover container.

For best results, marinate for at least 1 hour, or up to 6-8 hours, in the refrigerator.

Turn food halfway through marinating time.

Remove food from the refrigerator at least 30-45 minutes before cooking and allow it to come to room temperature.

Remove from marinade. Brush on any residual marinade during cooking.

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