One Marinade for All Your Needs

A good marinate adds flavour and tenderness to meat and vegetables.Marinades generally contain one or more of the following, oil, acid and spices,herbs, and vegetables.Oils protect food from intense heat during cooking and help hold other flavorful ingredients in contact with the food.

Acids such as vinegar, wine, yogurt, and citrus juices, flavour the food and change it texture. In some cases acid firm or stiffen foods ( the lime juice marinade that “cook” the raw fish, in others it breaks down connective fibers to make tough cuts of meat more tender. There is a secret ingredient in this recipe, grape juice the acid will help tenderize the meat.

Chuck roast, blade or other less tender cuts of meat can be excellent when marinated with this sauce.

Marinating times very according to the food's texture. Tender or delicate foods such as fish or poultry breast require less time. A tougher cut of meat my be marinated for days.

Soft vegetables and precooked hard ( carrots,beets or sweet potatoes) may be marinated briefly ( 15-30 minutes ) before grilling or broiling.

Here are some brightly flavoured marinades for you to try on your summer dining, as grilling season soars towards its peak.

There's a variety here to suit different tastes and occasions.Each marinade is an easily-made first step to a carefree entree, the marinated ingredient usually needs no further seasoning or fussing.

How to use any of these marinades:Place in a glass bowl or non-reactive dish, add your pork ribs, chicken, fish or vegetables, cover with lid or foil and marinade for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator.When you are ready to use, before grilling, drain and discard marinade. Then go ahead and cook your entree. That's it.

Grilling may be the first choice of summer, but all these marinades are equally effective and easy to use when you're cooking indoors, oven baking or broiling.

Note: There are no nutrition calculations for these sauces because they are discarded after use and very small amounts remain with the meats or fish.

Marinating times very according to the food's texture. Tender or delicate foods such as fish or poultry breast require less time. A tougher cut of meat my be marinated for days.

Soft vegetables and precooked hard ( carrots,beets or sweet potatoes) may be marinated briefly ( 15-30 minutes ) before grilling or broiling.

Marinade can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for later use.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup chopped onions
  • ¾ cup chopped celery, with leaves
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic powder

    Combine all ingredients, pour into a glass jar, and refrigerate.

    To Use: Shake mixture, pour over meat, cover and refrigerate 12-18 hours , turning meat a few times. To Cook: Drain meat from the marinade, and throw away this marinate now brown on both sides over medium heat.Bake in oven at 350 degrees until tender, basting with some of the marinate.This marinade will make enough for a 12 lb roast.It will keep refrigerated 10-12 days in a glass jar with a tight- fitting lid.

    Marinade

    Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup chopped onions
  • ¾ cup chopped celery, with leaves
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic powder

    Combine all ingredients, pour into a glass jar, and refrigerate.

    To Use: Shake mixture, pour over meat, cover and refrigerate 12-18 hours , turning meat a few times.

    To Cook: Drain meat from the marinade, and throw away this marinate now brown on both sides over medium heat.

    Bake in oven at 350 degrees until tender, basting with some of the marinate.This marinade will make enough for a 12 lb roast.It will keep refrigerated 10-12 days in a glass jar with a tight- fitting lid.

    Chipotle- Honey Marinade

    This marinade is a tasty complement to pork ribs, chops or beef.

    Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) chipotle pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt

    In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Makes 2 cups.

    Spicy Ginger Marinade

    This spicy ginger marinade works wonders for chicken, beef and pork.

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup (120 ml) sliced scallions
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) pear nectar or juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh minced ginger

    Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Makes 2 ½ cups

    Citrus-Fennel Marinade

    The distinctive flavours of citrus and fennel make this a good choice for fish or vegetables grilling.

    Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) orange juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) grated orange zest
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) salt
  • 2 tsp 10 ml) fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) hot pepper sauce
  • ½ cup fresh chopped parsley or dill

    Combine all ingredients and mix well.

    Makes 2 1/2 cups



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