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When I shop, I look for sales on family size packages of chicken - legs, thighs, quarters, and breasts. I also love to make my own marinades. This can be done before freezing your chicken.
These marinades are for all chicken parts, pork spare ribs & lamb chops. I purchase meat when on sale in large family size packages. Rinse all meat in cold water and dry with paper towels before packaging.
For lamb chops I use an oil & vinegar Italian dressing mix. Add about a 1/4 teaspoon of each, dried dill, garlic & black pepper. Shake this very well.
Place one lamb chop to a freezer bag, with only a tablespoon of marinade. Squeeze out the air and zip. Rub each bag well to get the dressing well mixed into the meat.
For pork spare ribs I use Ah-So sauce found in most large supermarket chains. It is a bright pink sauce. Buy a piece of boneless pork spare rib. Slice it in long 1/2 inch strips, put enough in a bag for one meal.
For chicken I put 1 drum stick and 1 thigh per bag. Then pour about 3-4 tablespoons marinade in each bag. If you are left with any, finish off by adding a little extra to each bag. You can not over marinate! Juiciest chicken ever!
Instead of repackaging ground beef, all you need to do is make a deep indentation in the center of a 1 pound package of ground beef and freeze it. And when you take it out all you need to do it crack it in half and pop the other half in a baggie.
All the recipes above and all the cooking I do from my freezer. The meat goes right under cool water to remove the plastic and straight into a spray oiled dish or pan while still frozen. This starts the process of thawing. I add about 15-20 minutes to cooking time. This is not to save energy as much as it is to lock in the juices of the meats you are cooking! I have been cooking frozen meats for years. Especially roasts!
When using any of the above sticky marinades, I add a 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan halfway through the cooking time. Which in most cases is 40-45 minutes, check for doneness. Then add a few minutes longer if needed!
You can give your meat marinades a little head start by pouring the marinade over the meats when you package them for freezer storage. Then thaw them in the fridge before cooking and they'll be ready to cook when you are. No more waiting or forgetting to allow for marinating time.
By Gloria from western NY
I have a steak marinade that we love to use, and a special treat for us. I use a fork to make holes in a steak or two. I coat both the outsides of each steak with a black peppercorn dry marinade, that includes the plastic bag. I massage this into both sides of the steaks.
Then I add about a half to 3/4 cup of minced garlic, then add a drizzle of olive oil, and about a half cup or a cup of lemon juice, massaging and mixing it all together. I like to let it marinade at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours and turning the bag occasionally, then grill.
While grilling, we pour the marinade mixture over the steaks, and sometimes we put some flour tortillas over the steaks. The flour tortillas get somewhat wet, and absorb the flavor and smoke of the grilled meat.
Starting with the drier ingredients helps prevent mishaps with spilling liquid ingredients from the plastic marinade bag.
Source: My husband and I
By Carol L. from South Bend, IN
A marinade should completely cover the food. If necessary, weight the food down by placing a flat dish on it, than a water-filled jar on top of the dish. Turn the food occasionally in the marinade. You can also place the whole mixture in a large screw-top jar and invert the jar from time to time.
Ready-bought liquid marinades can be very expensive, and sometimes the ingredients for marinade recipes to make at home can be costly as well. So why waste it?
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Can you marinate vegetables in a metal pan?
Can you marinade meat in a metal pan?
By jamiek65 from Louisville, KY
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What happens when you marinate meat in a metal pan?
By SHACKLELACK from PALMETTO, FL
I don't know, but I would think that any kind of marinade with acid in it like vinegar or lemon would react with the metal. I marinate my food in a zip lock bag, place the bag in a glass pie plate, then refrigerate.
Also, you probably know this already, but throw out the marinade after you're finished. I've read that you'll have to heat the leftover marinade and cook it. But it has the blood in it. Anyway, I always throw it out.
I've also found that when I make lasagna and cover it with aluminum foil that the tomato sauce will eat into the aluminum foil. It's the acid in the tomatoes even after they're cooked. Hope this helps. (04/20/2009)
The food can take on a metallic taste; use glass or a Ziploc. (04/21/2009)
Chemical reaction (04/24/2009)