How Long Do I Marinate That?

Marinades are brilliant because essentially you can take any kind of meat or fish or seafood you like, give it a dunk in the mixture and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. The more delicate the protein, the less you want to marinate it, especially if it contains citrus juices which can start to “cook” the food and change its texture (eg, make it mushy). Here are some guidelines for marinating success.

1)    The thinner the food, and the less dense the food, the less time it needs in the marinade.

2)    The more acid (citrus juice, vinegars) in the marinade, the less time the food should marinate.

3)    Unless you are marinating food for 30 minutes or less, or the food you are marinating is a non-meat item like vegetables, make sure you do it in the refrigerator.

4)    Never reuse a leftover marinade, or serve it as a sauce, because it can have harmful bacteria. If you’re using the marinade to baste, stop well before the food is cooked, so any raw meat, fish or poultry juices in the marinade have time to cook away.

How long?  These are some general marinating guidelines, and of course most recipes will give you specific instructions.

Chicken:

Whole chicken: 4 to 12 hours

Bone-in pieces: 2 to 6 hours

Boneless pieces: 30 minutes to 2 hours

Meat:

Bigger roasts, such a chuck roast, pork shoulder: 2 to 8 hours

Tougher or larger steaks, like strip, London broil: 1 to 2 hours

More tender cuts of meat, like sirloin, skirt or flank steak, lamb or pork chops: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Fish and seafood:

Filets, scallops, shrimp: 15 to 20 minutes

Whole fish, thick fish steaks: 30 minutes

Soy products:

Tofu: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Seitan and tempeh: 1 to 6 hour.

Vegetables:

Dense vegetables, such as carrots, squash, potoates: 1 to 2 hours

Softer vegetables, such as broccoili, zucchini, tomatoes: 30 minutes to 1 hour

And now you’re off to the races.  Try these marinades:

The Best Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

– See more at: http://themom100.com/the-mom-100-blog/recipes/the-best-basic-marinade-of-the-summer-dijon-garlic-and-lemon-marinade/#sthash.DYmEtdHy.dpuf

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

– See more at: http://themom100.com/the-mom-100-blog/recipes/the-best-basic-marinade-of-the-summer-dijon-garlic-and-lemon-marinade/#sthash.DYmEtdHy.dpuf

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

– See more at: http://themom100.com/the-mom-100-blog/recipes/the-best-basic-marinade-of-the-summer-dijon-garlic-and-lemon-marinade/#sthash.DYmEtdHy.dpuf

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