If you are a vegetarian, this probably won’t mean anything to you. If you go down the dressing aisle near the BBQ dressings, you will probably find the marinades. I don’t buy marinades. They generally have too much sodium or sugar. But you can come up with marinades that you can live with and taste good.
10. Make your own marinade.
To make you own marinade, just use an acid, such as vinegar, citrus, or wine. Choose your flavorings. Readymade marinade spices may contain salt so watch the labels and read them closely. Use oil such as olive oil and a little salt to tenderize the meat.
1. Mix together three parts oil for every part acid used.
2. Then, add in your choice of flavorings, and salt to taste.
3. Let it sit for up to 24 hours. Not fish, the marinade will cook it.
Try different herbs and spices. You may like some on chicken and different ones on beef. Many recipes give the best spices for the meat. You can use exotic ones, such as Teriyaki, or Jamaican Jerk. You can make it spicy hot or mild. You can make it sweet or sour. The limit is your imagination, and your ability to search the internet, because there is a great deal of help there.
You’ll save the sodium and the preservatives. It also helps to tenderize the meat. You can cut the meat in strips or poke the meat with a fork to infuse the flavors.
I haven’t done much with marinades. Although it adds flavor, it also adds preparation time and you have to plan ahead to get the meat in the marinade a day before you use it.
One precaution is don’t reuse the marinade.