Marinating Tips and Tricks

On shopping day before you freeze all your meat, you can marinate it using heavy duty freezer bags.

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!

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February 11, 2016

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.

Pre-Marinating Chicken before Freezing

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January 25, 2012

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.

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March 16, 2010

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.

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November 21, 2004

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.

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June 27, 2018

If you didn't already know, BBQ sauce can be used as a marinade too! Super easy and effortless and turns out just as delicious.

Chicken in a plastic bag with BBQ sauce being marinated.

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November 19, 2013

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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September 30, 2016

Can you marinate vegetables in a metal pan?


October 2, 20160 found this helpful

YOU should not use a metal pan as it might take on the taste of the metal especially if the pan is old.It is healthier to use glass or plastic ,example Tupper Ware.

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July 7, 2009

Can you marinade meat in a metal pan?

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July 9, 20090 found this helpful

Best not to do with acids. Best to use glass, plastic bag or plastic container, preferably in that order.

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