When I first started cooking, I quickly learned I could cook well enough not to go hungry. However learning to cook so that I actually really enjoyed it, or where I felt accomplished enough to feed another human being didn't come until later.
One thing that I discovered that's one of my fave cooking tricks is cooking something where you use a marinade. I think of marinade as a flavored, pre-soak for meat that's about to be cooked. Actually, when it comes to things like tofu, a marinade is often the difference between "wow, this tastes incredibly like NOTHING!" and "hey, this is actually pleasant and yummy!" It also can help make lots of chicken dishes taste more varied from each other versus that much-remarked upon "hmmm, tastes like chicken" effect. I tend to use marinades more for grilling or stir-fry.
About Marinades and Marination
- Marinade Science - How marinades work
Marinade Science - How marinades work to tenderize and flavor foods.
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- Grilling 101: Marinades, Brines and Rubs
Marinades, brines and rubs are three methods of prepping your meats for the grill. They infuse flavor, tenderize and add moisture.
- How to Make a Basic Marinade
This easy marinade will add great flavor to chicken, fish and shrimp and will extend their refrigerator life.
One of the coolest things I learned how to do recently was to use miso as a marinade for beef. You want a nice thick cut of meat, something that's thick and just right for broiling. For each person I like to estimate about 3/4 to one pound of beef.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste most often used in soups. The darker the miso, the more salty it tastes. For a lighter taste, you'll want to get a white miso. If you purposely want something that tastes stronger and saltier, get a yellow or red miso.
All you need to do is coat the beef with the miso, almost like a layer of frosting all over, and refrigerate covered for 12-24 hours. When it comes time to cook, you then wipe off the miso and slide the meat into the broiler for about 20-25 minutes. It's done when the outside is nice and crusty and the inside is still very pink.
Zesty Turbo Pork Marinade
Try These Great Marinade Recipes!
- Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade
"I concocted this marinade on a lark and it turned out great. The flavors complement and do not overwhelm the natural taste of beef."
- LENNDEVOURS: My New Steak Marinade
But, I think I've stumbled upon a new "go to" marinade for steaks. It's based loosely on one I read in one of Stephen Raichlen's books (I've got three of them) and it was great on Saturday night.
- Peruvian Marinade Recipe - Melissa Rubel | Food & Wine
This recipe from Rubel is based on Peruvian rotisserie chicken. It's deliciously lemony and garlicky. A bit of vinegar makes it even brighter-tasting.
- Episode 125: Miso-Citrus Marinade — Ming Tsai
Blending the traditional Japanese ingredients of sake and miso, Ming brightens a classic marinade with citrus juice for a fresh amazing flavor.
Making Time For Marinade
It's true that many people wind up thinking of marinades at the last minute, when you don't have the time needed to make them work. Here are some tricks and tips for making the most of marinades.
1) Pick a day when you know you'll be busy, and start the marinade the night before. You'll appreciate the time-savings the next night when dinner cooks up fast and flavorful.
2) Try a marinade for your next picnic, and pack the meat along in a freezer-strength bag so it's well-marinated when you pull it out to put on the grill.
Try a Fish Marinade!
Marinades for All Flavors and Foods
- Marinade Recipes - Marinades make meats better. Here are recipes for marinades for any meat.
A marinade makes meat better by adding moisture, increasing tenderness and adding flavor. Here are loads of marinade recipes for any meat; beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish or seafood.
- Marinade Recipe Index
Over 1400 marinade recipes from Astray.com
- Marinade recipes for shrimp, steak, chicken, beef jerky recipes and grilling recipes are better wit
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- How to Make Great Marinades
Typically blends of an acid (such as vinegar), plus oil, salt, and seasonings, marinades are a terrific way to boost the flavor of food. The acid and salt tenderize tough fibers, while the oil acts as a flavor carrier.