While dry rubs and spices can add flavor, there’s nothing like an expertly marinated steak going on the grill! The marinating process changes the proteins and flavor profile, even before the steak even hits the heat. So, if you’re looking for the best meat market around for your next grilling adventure, D’Errico’s is the place to go.
Whether you’re soaking your dinner in a homemade or premade marinade, there are a few things that happen during the process. What’s the first reason why most people whip up a marinade? Everyone loves the extra flavor! There are endless possibilities for changing up the flavor depending on the type of cuisine you’re shooting for. Whether you want spice or smokiness, there’s an option for you out there.
Now, let’s talk about what marinades can do for the texture and tenderness of your steak. Many different mixes consist of three distinct components: acid, oil, and flavorings. They each add something to the mix that’s important for the cooking process! The marinade can add extra moisture to the meat, making it tender and much more enjoyable to eat.
Did you know that marinades can reduce the number of carcinogenic compounds created from cooking meat on grills? A marinade provides a buffer between the meat and the heat, lowering the number of heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are formed. There’s another reason to wait for your marinade to soak in!
So, we’re going to talk marinating tips. When adding your meat to the marinade, it’s a good idea to avoid keeping the mixture in metal containers. It’s best to use plastic bags, ceramic, or glass containers to prevent the metal from oxidizing and potentially adding unwanted flavors.
Furthermore, there is a limit to how long the meat should sit in a marinade. The best time to aim for is 30 minutes to a few hours. If it’s sitting in the mixture for longer than a whole day, the texture of the meat can turn mushy. You definitely don’t want that!
Nobody knows meat like D’Errico’s. We have everything you need for the freshest meal, every time. We’re the best meat market, so stop by our location at 141 E Central St, in Worcester, MA!
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