Marination is a process of soaking the food in seasoned spices or some liquid mixture prepared with ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, or wine. Some people also make use of enzymatic ingredients such as pineapple, papaya, or ginger. The marinade also contains oils, herbs, and spices to further flavor the food items.
Marination is commonly used to flavor foods such as meat in order to tenderize the tougher cuts of meat. Marination is similar to the pickling process whereas the only difference is, pickling is done for a much longer period. However, marinating the meat is done for a few hours to a day and this process is just to enrich the flavor of the food.
Marinating the meat for too long can make it tough, dry, or poor texture. Depending on the marinade recipe, meat can be marinated in the refrigerator from 30 minutes to overnight.
Yes, freezing marinated meat will stop the growth of bacteria. Hence, it is safe to refrigerate the marinated meat.
Using Glass dishes or resealable plastic bags is good while marinating the food. Make sure to avoid the usage of Metal containers and aluminum foil as it could give a metallic flavor to your food.
If you intend to reuse the marinade, better to keep aside the required amount before marinating or you can also boil it for a few minutes before utilizing it as a basting sauce.
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Check out Fraserview Meats newly opened Indian Meat shop in Calgary for both marinated and non-marinated meat in Indian and Punjabi flavor.