Marinating Tips

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Whenever I make a marinade, I take many things into consideration. Quality and freshness come first – the quality and freshness of the product I am about to marinate and the ingredients I use to create my marinade. The recipe ingredients and the type and size of meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables also affect the amount of time you marinate your product. Marinades are meant to enhance, or bring out the natural flavors of your food, not to change the taste dramatically. Remember that marinades are not really tenderizers. They are designed to moisturize and soften. If you’re hit in the arm and get bruised, you feel tender there. So it is when you hammer a piece of meat, it breaks the blood vessels and tenderizes it. Marinades are not the same. For the sake of simple explanation, I will use the term “tenderize” to describe the action of the ingredients. I will explain what a marinade does, and offer my thoughts on proper marinating procedures to enhance your meals and make them healthier and more delicious.

A marinade is meant to perform certain functions. It should be a delicate balance of acid, oil, spices and/or other flavorings. Peppers and onions may be used to add an element of flavor you may like. For example, I like fresh jalapenos. Not to add fire as much as just for the taste of the pepper itself. Not too much, not too little. Worcestershire and soy sauces flavor nicely. A lot of marinades include ginger. When using ginger, always use fresh and use sparingly. Powdered ginger imparts a much different flavor. A lady once told me she liked to marinate London broil in nothing but 7-UP or Sprite. She told me how delicious it was, and not without merit, I’m sure, but I never tried it. I kind of thought it would make the meat too sweet, but you should always be creative! When deciding how long to marinate, consider the texture of the meat or fish. Generally, fish needs less time. Meats with a denser texture, such as chicken, pork, lamb or beef, can marinate longer. Remember to take the thickness of the cut into consideration. Did I say a marinade is not meant to overpower? Keep that in mind as you add ingredients. The marinade should just give off subtle nuances of flavor.

ACIDS
The introduction of acid into meats and vegetables breaks down the tissue which allows more moisture to absorb, giving you a juicier end product. Wines, wine vinegars and vinegars offer this, as do citrus juices. These ingredients will also impact the flavor in the end. Depending on the type of flavor you want, you must choose what acid you want to use. You may, of course, experiment with mixing and matching so you get the taste you’re looking for. Dairy products, such as yogurt, are used in many Indian recipes. Bourbon and other hard liquors should be used conservatively, not for the high alcohol content (although if you cook your meat rare – hiccup,) but for the overpowering taste you would get and the burning of the outside of the food from the flaming it might create. Best to mix those with wines, vinegars or citrus juices to get your acid.

When cooking meats over a direct flame, heterocyclic amines (HCA)’s are created. These potentially cancer-causing agents may be reduced by as much at 99% when foods are marinated in an acidic marinade, according to the American Cancer Research Institute.

The use of wine in cooking is one of the oldest gastronomic inventions. On record are countless numbers of ancient Greek and Roman recipes utilizing various types of wines. Chinese and Japanese marinades might use wines made from rice. In any case, today’s recipes can use all different types. Reds, whites, or any combination may be used to formulate your own unique flavor. A common mistake in cooking is to buy expensive wines. When cooked, wines change, regardless of the quality, so don’t waste your money. And don’t buy cooking wines. They can be overly salty for one thing, and may contain the dregs of what’s left from the process of making drinking wines. During marinating and due to the acid content, wine sort of “pre-cooks” the product without penetrating too deeply, so the end result is a more tender and much tastier product because it allows for the concentration of flavors of your other ingredients as well. We tend to think of meat and fish, but, vegetables can also be cooked in wine or acid based marinades. An all time favorite of mine and a really big hit is asparagus. I cut the ends off, pour marinade in a plastic bag and stand the asparagus upright (sealed.) It laps up the sauce like fresh rain, pulling the flavors inside. Then I grill it, basting along the way with some of the remaining marinade from the bag. Yum. For those who don’t like asparagus, you might be amazed by the results. All types of wines may be used, depending on the flavor you are trying to produce.

Dairy products such as buttermilk and yogurt may also be used to marinate. These seem to be the only type of acid that penetrates all the way through meats without damaging the texture if left in too long. This is because they are only mildly acidic. Milk is an ingredient I sometimes use to “freshen” up fish that might be ready for the garbage disposal if left too close to the expiration date before cooking. It takes the harshness and fishy flavor out. You know when fish is too far gone. Throw that stuff out. Milk also works with strong tasting fish. After soaking the fish for a couple of hours, leave some of the milk for your cat, if you have one, before throwing out the rest. Dairy products are also useful when dealing with wild game. Soaking in milk, buttermilk or yogurt really does a great job with making tough cuts of meat a lot easier to chew and reducing the strong flavor. It’s not quite clear how dairy products work, but an accepted explanation is that the calcium activates enzymes in meat that break down proteins, sort of like the way aging tenderizes meat.

SALT
I don’t like to use much salt. Salt is an ingredient that, for the most part, can be added to your food after preparation. It doesn’t help to add it before, so why not add it later if you like salt that much? When added before, salt has a tendency to dry foods out, particularly meats and fish, certainly if marinated too long. You know when you eat too much salt it can make you thirsty. It can make meat thirsty, too, but once dry, that’s it. You can’t rejuvenate it. You can salt your food just before cooking if you like. Salt can also be used in rubs and other methods of preparation, such as brining, which I will explain later. Salt content should not be any higher than about .0312 (1/32) of your total marinade. I recommend less. Take into consideration your other ingredients. They may contain salt, too. Salt can actually aid in moisturizing meats because it allows the water content to seep in, acting like a sponge. About 30% of water content evaporates normally while cooking. This way you lose only about 15%. Most of your supermarket brand marinades that call for 15-30 minutes of soaking time are loaded with salt. That’s why you don’t use them for any length of time. When using soy sauce in a marinade, I always use low sodium.

OILS
Canola oil, or canola/olive oil blends are good in marinades as are safflower, corn, peanut and soy. These are generally less expensive than pure olive oils. Some oils are added in small amounts to add a flavoring affect, such as sesame, walnut and chile. If you use an olive oil, make sure you use the right type. A good extra virgin olive oil is highly monounsaturated and therefore resistant to oxidation and hydrogenation (bad word). The health benefits should outweigh anything else when considering what type of oil to use. You want to use an oil with a high burning temperature so it won’t smoke so much on you. Don’t let anyone tell you that all oils are bad for you. If you use an oil base paint, what would you clean the brush with? Water? The same holds true with your body. It needs certain good oils to help cleanse the body of bad oils.

Oils can be very essential in the breakdown of foods when marinating. Fatty meats, for instance, are a good example of why this is true. As your acids from wine, vinegar and/or citrus change the composition of the meat, breaking down connective tissue, it opens the fatty tissue up and allows some to flow out. This animal fat will be replaced with vegetable oil, probably not much more than 5%, but still, it is less animal fat you are ingesting. And this is where part of the moisturizing affect comes in. Oil helps do the job of keeping your meats and vegetables from drying out. This allows your food to retain its natural moisture.

Too much oil is not a good thing either. I recommend no more than 20-25% oil in your recipe, which means the remaining amount would be water based, from wine, citrus juice, soy or a combination of ingredients. Too much can coat your product and not allow for optimum penetration of the other ingredients. Remember that the heat from cooking will eliminate a lot of your oil content if you are afraid of that. Plus, you aren’t really using that much to begin with. 4 to 6 ounces of marinade (of which only 20-25% is oil) will yield only a fraction of oil in the end because only a small amount is absorbed and the rest will be cooked off. I recommend placing your food in a zippered plastic bag, squeezing out most of the air and sealing. You use a lot less marinade that way and you have less air around it to help retain freshness.

ENZYMES
Papain is a protein-cleaving (proteolytic) enzyme derived from papaya and certain other plants that digest protein. Papaya breaks down the protein in meats. It clearly acts as a tenderizer, although I prefer softener in this case. Prune juice acts the same way and we all know what kind of a softener that is. I once went to a restaurant and ordered a porterhouse steak. It came out and had the consistency of mush. I sent it back. Turns out, it had been soaking in prune juice. I kid you not. It was not edible. Marinated too long. That’s what happens with this kind of stuff. Fine to use, but be careful if you don’t want to end up with meat pudding. Most of your powdered meat tenderizers contain enzymes that will do this if used too long.

HERBS, SPICES and OTHER FLAVORINGS
This is where you really get to be creative! A marinade I once concocted had a particular spice in it. I was told “this won’t work with beef” but it did. Quite nicely, actually, so don’t be afraid to conjure up your own elixir. Throw out all the rules and mix up what you want. Always sample your stuff. The great chefs of the world are always imagining new combinations and they constantly sample their work to see how they can improve it. Experiment with other ingredients as well. I wouldn’t put a bay leaf in marinades simply because the flavor isn’t released until the leaf is cooking. You may add a bay leaf to the remaining marinade if you wish to make (cook) a sauce from it. Cilantro and basil lose their flavor rather quickly. Use them, if you wish, after marinating. Oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme work well in various combinations or by themselves. You determine the flavors by mixing your herbs and spices.

Why are tropical regions more dependent on spices in their cuisines? Many spices have what is believed to be an antibacterial effect. It seems that the higher the temperature, where more food-borne pathogens are introduced, the more spices are used. This would explain why the foods are hotter and spicier. Such ingredients as hot peppers, garlic, onion, anise, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, cumin, lemongrass and turmeric are daily dietary stipends. Lemon, lime and black pepper are not strong inhibitors, but used in conjunction, they all can pack a big antibacterial punch. The active chemical ingredients of many spices kill or slow bacterial growth. Onion, garlic, oregano and allspice kill or inhibit almost all food-borne bacteria that have been tested. Most spices inhibit more than half of all bacterial samples. I hate to be morbid, but, there must be a reason why spices have been used to embalm people for thousands of years. Keep that in mind. You’re not marinating, you’re embalming.

Remember, I like to use jalapeno peppers. I’ve used habaneros in other marinades. Finely minced onions work. Some marinades call for ketchup or molasses. Don’t stop anywhere. Try mustard! I know a woman who makes a delicious spaghetti sauce made from pickle juice. I’m serious. Many people use bottled Italian dressing to marinate. I have no problem with that, but you can dress them up as well. I think they contain way too much oil or if oil free, way too much high fructose corn syrup, but I’m more of a purist. I like to make my own, depending on my creativity that day and the type of food I’m preparing.

SOY SAUCE
Soy sauce belongs in both the salt and acid categories. Proteins and starches in soy sauce are broken down into amino acids, sugars and alcohols. Most Chinese soy sauces are made from soybeans, but Japanese varieties combine the soy bean with wheat to provide a more pleasant and balanced flavor. By adding soy sauce to your marinade, the amino acid content can help enhance the flavor of your product and aid in the tenderization process. I strongly recommend a naturally brewed soy sauce, such as Kikkoman, and optimally, the low sodium version. Soy sauce is always a welcome addition to marinades.

WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
Worcestershire is a spicy sauce composed mainly of water, vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, anchovies, spices and flavorings. It can be very good for marinating meats, but should be used sparingly, because it has a very strong flavor. A good one to use is Lea & Perrins.

RUBS
Rubs generally come in two forms, dry and wet.

A dry rub is a combination of ground or finely crumbled herbs and spices, such as paprika, pepper, chile and garlic, massaged firmly over and into the surface of raw food. Rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano and all sorts of flavorings may be combined and used, also. Many dry rubs utilize a sugar and salt base with other flavorings added. Once again, salt could readily draw out moisture if used for any length of time. Sugar could burn the outside when cooked. Rubs should not be considered as a marinade since the penetration is not the same and the strength of the combined flavors can be too overpowering if left on too long before cooking. Rub your food and cook. You end up with a nicely flavored crust that complements the flavor inside.

Wet rubs are very similar to dry, except for the addition of a liquid in the mixture. Soy and Worcestershire sauces and oils come to mind. A very good example of a wet rub is Jamaican Jerk in sauce or paste form. When massaged into your meat, it can give a very nice and noticeable flavor, which it is meant to do, but, once again, if left on too long before cooking, it could be way too overpowering.

In many cases, rubs are used when smoking foods. The combination of the two sources of flavoring can really produce a remarkable taste. When cooking fowl, make sure to rub inside the cavity as well as the outside and sometimes under the skin. Prime rib is a prime example of meat just dying for a good massage. In the end, the outer meat and fat crisps up just enough to offer a savory flavor to die for with every bite. The same holds true for lamb and pork. Rubs should not really be considered overall tenderizers, since the penetration is minimal at best.

BRINING
Brining was traditionally regarded as a means of preserving meats, but since the advent of refrigeration, it has lost a lot of its oomph. It is also a method of improving the flavor, texture, and moisture content of lean cuts of meat. This is achieved by soaking the meat in a moderately salty solution for a few hours to a few days. It can be mixed with a myriad of ingredients, such as beer, maple syrup, garlic, peppercorns, and/or many other things. The basic mix is water and salt, the salt level never exceeding 1/32 of your total blend, so a one quart mixture would have one ounce (2 tablespoons) of salt, preferably Kosher.

Brining incorporates the principles of diffusion and osmosis. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines diffusion as “the process whereby particles of liquids, gases, or solids intermingle as the result of their spontaneous movement caused by thermal agitation and in dissolved substances move from a region of higher to one of lower concentration.” Merriam-Webster defines osmosis as “movement of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane (as of a living cell) into a solution of higher solute concentration that tends to equalize the concentrations of solute on the two sides of the membrane.” The processes of diffusion and osmosis are involved in achieving a balance between the flavor brine solution and the meat. A higher concentration of salt inside meat cells causes protein strands to denature. The tightly wound proteins unwind and get tangled together. The proteins trap water molecules and hold onto them tightly during the cooking process.

If you choose to brine, only really lean cuts of meat, such as chicken, benefit from the process.

MARINADE RECIPES AND RECIPES USING MARINADES

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to add to the comments section or e-mail me at marinadedave@yahoo.com
TIPS

• ALWAYS MARINATE IN THE REFRIGERATOR!…no matter what you might think, whether it’s meats or vegetables.

• NEVER MARINATE IN AN ALUMINUM CONTAINER! Have you ever seen a pitted aluminum pot or pan? Where do you think that aluminum went?

• NEVER USE MARINADE OVER AGAIN unless you first bring it to a boil. Fresh foods have an expiration date. This is the expiration date of used marinade unless you cook it after use. You may put the cooked marinade in an ice cube tray and freeze, covered. Whenever you want to enhance the flavor of a gravy, sauce or soup, plop a cube or two in.

• AVOID FORKING MEAT. Forking creates little escape holes for the juices to run out.

• AN EXCELLENT SOURCE FOR COOKING TIPS.

• FOR CLEANING TIPS.

GENERAL RECIPES

French Beef au Gratin

8 ounces Fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 cups sliced white onions
1 pound sirloin steak
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups beef broth
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet melt butter and saute thinly sliced white onions until browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the onions.

To the skillet add sirloin steak cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Brown well then return the onions to the pan.

In a small bowl combine flour, salt, and pepper. Add to the skillet and stir until blended. Gradually add beef broth and cook for 10 minutes.

Pour over the cooked fettuccine and top with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned, about 5 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

From: cookrecipes.com


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39 thoughts on “Marinating Tips

  1. Hey Dave, this is an emergency,
    my sister has had chicken marinating in one of those bottled marinades since Friday, and is cooking it today, today is sunday is it safe to cook?? She is having company tonight The bottle says not for longer than 12 hrs.

  2. Sorry I’m so late getting back to you, Leslie. Yes, it should be safe as long as she kept the chicken refrigerated the whole time. Also, keep the expiration date of the meat in mind.

    The only other issue I see is if the marinade has a lot of salt in it. That may dry the meat out a little and the base flavor might be a too overpowering, but I doubt it will hurt anything.

  3. This article of yours was really useful to me. I am a journalist from India and I write about sports and food too. Any story idea from you is welcome….you can mail me anytime…….thanks

  4. Why, thank you, Avinash. Your comment was a very nice gesture and I appreciate it. I have your e-mail address and if anything comes to mind, I will let you know. If you have any thoughts, don’t be afraid to e-mail me, either.

  5. Hi DM: I decided to peer around your website to find this amazing recipe, which I have posted to my own recipe box. I will try it on the weekend. Ummm. You are a man of many talents, dear DM. – hence your handle. I now get it. Good one.
    Weezie

  6. Thanks, weezie10. Actually, this was my original intent with the blog, to write about marinating and marinades. Then, just like me, I went off in different directions.

  7. Ok DM here goes:

    CHICKEN & BROCCOLI CASSEROLE FOR 8

    8 CHICKEN BREASTS
    2 CANS CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP
    1 CAN MEASUREMENT OF MAYONNNAISE
    3 TBSP. REAL LEMON JUICE
    SALT and PEPPER TO TASTE
    1 LB. CHEDDAR CHEESE SHREDDED
    1 LOAF UNSLICED WHITE BREAD
    BUTTER FOR MELTING.
    1 -2 HEADS BROCCOLI

    Simmer breasts in water or microwave them until they are no longer pink
    Place broccoli flowerets on bottom of large casserole (tin foil works well as there is no clean up required afterwards)
    Cover the broccoli with the broken up chicken breasts.
    Sprinkle some of the cheddar cheese on top of chicken.
    Mix Mayonaise, chicken soup and lemon juice together. Should be somewhat runny. Pour over entire casserole.
    Sprinkle more of the cheese over the soup mixture.
    Cut up Unsliced bread into 1″ cubes. Dip them into the melted butter. Cover the casserole with the buttered bread cubes and sprinkle whatever cheese is left on top.

    Bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour or until you see it bubble. It is very rich so I usually serve it with a salad. The bread on top is enough so you don’t really need to serve bread. It is perfect for a buffet table too as you only need a fork to eat this very rich dinner.

    Good luck and let me know if you try this one out. You will be a star.

    P.S. you can add a little white wine to the sauce if you need to thin it out. That adds some more flavour.

    Weezie

  8. It is very rich, alright. It sounds delicious and I do love broccoli this way more than any other, but as a diabetic? Alas, a small side dish instead of an entree is warranted. This would serve more people at my house than most, I’m afraid. Adding white wine to the sauce is a real bonus, too. Thank you, Weezie. I will try it!

  9. Ok DM here is my calming recipe for

    HOME MADE PEA SOUP

    1 ham hock (get from butcher)
    32 oz or more of chicken broth (store bought is fine)
    1 onion chopped fine
    2 carrots chopped fine
    2 celery stalks chopped fine
    1 bag of mixed peas (yellow and green)

    If you have a slow cooker it really is great.
    I slow cook the ham hock for about 3 hours.
    I take it out and cut up all the ham off of it and throw away the bone. Replace it back into slow cooker or pot on stove.
    You have cooked it with all the veggies so they are now soft.
    Add the peas and cook another 1 -2 hours. the peas all break down and it becomes thick, so you can thin it out with water.

    This is a day process but it smells great and it really is nourishing on a cold day. I seve it with french bread. If you are doing it with a pot on the stove just make sure it is a soft bubble while it cooks.

    Weezie

  10. Now for another great one.

    HOME MADE ONION SOUP

    32 oz of beef broth or consomme
    3 large onions
    1 cup white wine or sherri
    salt and pepper
    1/2 teaspoon – teaspoon of fresh garlic
    Let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.

    Pour into soup crocks
    Layer top of soup bowl with toasted bread or Melba Toast.
    Layer a large amount of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Load it on.
    Put bowls on cookied sheet and turn on the broiler. Watch as the cheese melts and gets crusty and slightly brown.
    Take out, and wait for a few minutes cause you will burn your mouth otherwise.

    this is a tried and true recipe coming from INA GARTEN. I just love her cooking. ENJOY
    P.S. I guess you can tell I like CHEESE.

    Weezie

  11. Both sound delicious, but I have a real soft spot for Onion Soup. I make cabbage soup sometimes. Ham hock, chicken stock, onions, hearts of palm, jalepeno pepper, and more. Usually, I ad lib.

    Thanks, Weezie. Keep ’em coming!

  12. You are welcome. Feels like a soup day to me.
    Here is a simple chicken recipe that I have had at my girlfriends. We have a club called THE YA YA SISTERS, that comprises of 4 of us. We have known each other since grade school and our mothers were friends as well. Quite a link.

    Anyway after several glasses of wine we indulged in this easy dinner.

    NANCY’s CHICKEN RECIPE

    6 chicken breast – boneless/skinless
    Swiss Cheese slices
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1/2 can white wine
    prepared dressing (Brownberry or Stuff n Such

    In 13″ x 9″ casserole
    Layer each chikcen breast with swiss cheese
    Mix chicken soup with 1/2 can white wine.
    Pour over chicken and layer the entire casserole with stuffing soaked with some melted butter. Just to make it moist.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

    FAST< EASY and YUMMIE

  13. I’m not familiar with either dressing, Brownberry or Stuff n Such, but I do recommend that you and the other Ya Ya Sisters join Growing Bolder and set up a club there for recipe exchanges. Not to sound like an endorsement, but it is perfect for this sort of thing.

  14. Thanks DM. Surely you can buy a box of stuffing that you use for Turkeys or chickens. It may be under a different brand name. It has all the seasonings and it is dry, so adding some melted butter or any kind of liquid makes it moist. If we have it here in Canada you most certainly have it down your way.
    thanks for the tip on the other Growing Bolder, I will look for it under Google.
    Weezie

  15. OK, DM, LET’S HAVE IT!

    Let’s get your business started. How many marinades do you have and which ones would do the best in sales? Obviously dry marinades would be cheaper to ship…. but ultimately you would likel want to offer for chicken, fish, beef, pork. right????
    Weezie

  16. For everything, including vegetables. When I was in the marinade business, I made a wine based one and a mustard/bourbon one. The wine based one had fresh jalapeno peppers in it, not for heat, but for flavor. Right now, though, I don’t have the stamina to go back into it. I’d have to find an inspected kitchen, for one thing, and that would mean rent. Right now, any money left over has got to go to medical tests and stuff. We’ll be discussing this, though. I’ve always wanted to go back into it. Everybody loved it.

  17. DM…Read your excellent article on marinade’s. I do a lot of grilling in the summer months and I enjoy it very much. I love to cook. The winters up here in the mountains are spent making a lot of stews , soups and hearty bread. My favorite is meatball/tortilini soup made with fresh onions, zucchini, chicken or beef stock and my favorite small Italian meatballs (homemade) of course. Yummy.

  18. I’m glad you enjoyed it, magog2. That’s the heart of this blog. My original intent was to write that article and subsequent ones and include marinade recipes. boy, did I get off on other tangents! I hope it helped a little. Thank you.

  19. I have suggestions. Never use animal fat. Olive oil is good. Indonesian Soy sauce, the sweet variation, which is also salt btw. And fishsauce. And garlic.
    Chicken marinade a la moi:
    soy sauce, bit of oil, sambal oelek = redpepper kind of stuff, squeezed garlic, lemonjuice. Yummy!
    And don’t taste raw chicken. You will die 🙂
    I always do but never got sick somehow, but I am a witch I suppose.

  20. Dave,
    A friend of mine tells me that he will marinate steaks for two weeks at 35 degrees in his refrigerator. My wife and I are troubled by this length of time. Is this safe?

    John

  21. Hi, John. No, I would never do that. I’ve left steaks in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but only because something else came up and I didn’t have a chance to cook them. I always marinate in a plastic zip lock bag and I squeeze out as much air as possible. Unless he’s doing that, he’s exposing the meat to bacteria in the air. Aging meat is a different process, too, and I don’t think that’s what he’s doing by what you’ve explained. I don’t know what sort of a marinade he uses, either. Is it salty in the end? Hopefully, you won’t have an answer for that because I suspect that the guy has a cast iron stomach. I know my father can eat food like cold cuts that are past the expiration date and he’s fine afterward. Me? It makes me sick thinking about it. No, I would not recommend doing what your friend does. One day, he will get sick from it and that will be the last time he does it and unless it’s some sort of miracle marinade, it should be plenty salty and mushy in texture by then. I hope he likes his meat well done.

    Thank you for asking and I hope you never bite into one of his steaks. Was he a Navy Seal once? They are trained to eat all kinds of stuff, like maggots, to survive.

  22. Oh wow! I came here because of Caylee and now I am in Heaven!! I like what you said about the buttermilk Dave. I soak my Chicken strips in buttermilk for about 3 hours in the fridge. Hubby swears my Buttermilk Chicken is to die for & he hates buttermilk lol!

  23. I’m just full of surprises, aren’t I, Tulessa? Actually, this was the reason why I started the blog, but I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut about other things. I’m glad you found it.

  24. MD, if you love broccli, you will love my special slaw!

    FancySlaw

    1 head of broccli, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 large cucunber, 1 large green pepper,1 large red onion, 1 bag of radishes( only use half a bag), 1 bag of baby carrots.
    wash & chop all vegetables. Place into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Take 3 lbs of bacon & fry until crisp. ( the more bacon, the better it is) Crumble & Place in same bowl as vegetables. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon of black pepper a pinch of salt . Take a bottle of Krafts Buttermilk Ranch dressing & stir desired amount into mixture. Sit back, eat & enjoy.

  25. Thank you. I’ll try to make that sometime, but I’m not usually the type to go buy all those ingredients. Better yet, I’ll get my sister or someone else to make it.

    By the way, if you know any diabetics, you should read my page on that, too. I’m working on a new post for it and I should have it up this week.

  26. I am in Home Health & take care of my family Physician’s family members here in Kentucky. I had to learn everything I could on Diabetics so I look forward to reading it.

  27. Hi Dave, I spoke w/ you at the food clinic next to the thrift store in the Lake Mary area, I was w/ my sister Karen. My Mom was dying or had just died from bone cancer. I’m back in AZ and finally checked out your website. You are definately very informed on marinades! Wow, so I am putting this info in favorites so that when I want the onion soup recipe from weez or info on how to make an inventive, safe, super marinade I will be a click away. Life is going on as usual w/ the bf and I now have a singing gig, backup singing for a 50’s band. My Mom loved music and she gave me the courage as I’ve never done it. I miss her dearly. I just wanted to say it was a pleasure speaking w/ you in the human filled food closet. Anyway, thanks for all of the good information on marinading. Love it.

  28. Susan, thank you so very much for visiting my site. Definitely, I remember you and your sister. We had a great conversation. You had just lost your mother and we talked about her. Your sister, the artist, was less talkative, but I did go to her Web site. The only thing is, I don’t know where I put her card because I said I would do a little write-up on her and I am a man of my word. If you want to e-mail me with her Web addresses again, I will contact her. Otherwise, again, I am very sorry you lost your dear mother. Please feel free to come in here any time you want; to read or share. My e-mail address is marinadedave@yahoo.com

    Thanks a lot for saying hello. Hearing from you is a great way to top off my day.

  29. Fantastic! I’ve bookmarked this page for that French Beef AuGratin recipe. All I need are the noodles. Will let you know how it turns out when I make it. Sounds yummy.
    So do the commentors’ recipes….

  30. CAROL : THIS IS FOR YOU. I decided to put the recipe where it belongs, so hopefully you are watching the latest posts.

    OATMEAL COOKIES (like no other – paper thin)

    Mix and sift the following:

    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    Add to that: 3/4 cup brown sugar
    Add to that: 1 cup melted butter
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups old fashioned quick cooking Quaker Oats. MIX WELL.
    PLACE small amount (size of a quarter), on parchment papered cookie sheet.
    BAKE @ 350 degrees 12 – 15 mins. Make sure they don’t burn. Flatten the dough if you want but it usually flattens on its own. Remove from oven and let cool before moving. They are paper thin and crisp and very very rich. I hope you try them out!

  31. Hey Dave
    Joyce was just in the store (ARTsystems of Florida) this morning . She told me about your blog so I looked you up. If you’re ever in the area how about lunch?

    Chuck

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