All about: marinades

A marinade is a liquid mixture that you can soak food in before it’s cooked to make it way more delicious.

You can use a plastic bag or a nonreactive dish (glass, ceramic, plastic, stainless steel, but not aluminum or copper because they will react to the acid).

Don’t worry too much if you don’t have the exact ingredients in a recipe — just follow this basic formula:

ACID (but not too much)

eg: vinegar, lemon/lime/orange juice, wine, buttermilk, or yogurt

why: tenderize protein to let the other flavor-enhancing ingredients get in there

+

SALT

or soy sauce

why: also tenderizes

+

OIL

eg, olive oil, canola oil

why: helps release the flavor of spices or herbs and hold them in contact with the meat.

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HERBS/SEASONINGS/SUGAR

eg, garlic, rosemary, ginger, chiles, maple syrup

why: adds flavor

+

TIME

Certain pairings are natural and if you think about it you probably know what they are because you eat food sometimes (lamb with rosemary; chicken with yogurt; pork with honey; shrimp with ginger). A good approach is to stick with ingredients that are common in the same cuisine. Here are some examples of that:

  • ASIAN MARINADE INGREDIENTS

rice-wine vinegar, soy sauce, mirin (sweet wine), ginger, coconut milk, lime juice, lemongrass, sugar, cilantro, garlic

  • MEDITERRANEAN MARINADE INGREDIENTS

red and white vinegar, red and white wine, beer, lemon juice, garlic, basil, parsley, tarragon, oregano, mint, chives, dill, thyme, rosemary, mustard, sugar/honey

  • AMERICAN MARINADE INGREDIENTS

Bourbon, Tabasco sauce, buttermilk, Worcestershire, sugar/honey/maple syrup

  • INDIAN MARINADE INGREDIENTS

yogurt, cumin, turmeric, coriander, curry powder, cilantro, mint, garlic

  • LATIN MARINADE INGREDIENTS

chiles, cumin, oregano, lime juice

Want to know more? check out the entire article at buzzfeed.com!

And enjoy much more flavoured food at home 🙂

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