The verb "marinate" means to steep food in a marinade. A marinade is a savory acidic sauce in which a food is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it.
According to Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, "Marinades began as simple brines for preserving fish. The word marinade stems from the same root as the word maritime. In modern usage, a marinade consists of a cooking oil, an acid (vinegar, lemon juice, wine), and spices. As the food stands in the mixture, the acid and the oil impart the savory flavors of the spices to the food. The acid also has a tenderizing action." Don't worry, Chaka's meets these standards on usage.
The acid in marinades causes meat and poultry tissues to break down. This has a tenderizing effect. The breaking down of the tissue also causes the meat and poultry to hold more liquid, making it juicier. Too much vinegar or hot sauce in a marinade can have the opposite effect, causing the meat to be stringy and tough.
Whole meat and poultry or just parts may be marinated by completely immersing the poultry in the marinade. To help infuse the marinade, always marinade overnight or a needle-like injector may also be used.
Meat and Poultry can be refrigerated for up to 2 days in a marinade. For easy cleanup, use food-grade plastic bags for marinating and discard the bags afterwards. Food-grade plastic, stainless steel, or glass containers may also be used to marinate food. Cover meat or poultry while marinating it in the refrigerator.
HERE YOU GO-
1) You'll need a bottle of "CHAKA'S" MMM Marinade Sauce
2) You'll need you favorite meat, poultry, fish or vegetable
3) You'll need a zip lock bag or bowl
4) Place food and marinade in zip lock or bowl. Roughly 1/2 cup of "CHAKA'S" MMM SAUCE per pound of food
5) Place in your refrigerator for at least over night, two days if you want more flavor and only if you can wait. Do not marinate fish for more than 15 minutes and vegetables at least one (1) hour.
6) Bring to room temperature 1/2 hour before cooking
7) NOW YOU'RE READY - BBQ, Grill, Slow cook, Bake, Broil, Saute or even Stir Fry.
8) ENJOY with family, friends or by yourself
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