Red meat being marinated in spiced and soy

Marinate

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Learn about marinating, a culinary technique which involves soaking ingredients such as meat, fish or veg in liquid to flavour or tenderise it.

To soak meat, fish or vegetables in a liquid mixture called a marinade, usually consisting of a combination of oil, wine, herbs or garlic. Food is marinated so that it may absorb the flavours of the marinade, or, in the case of tough meat, to tenderise it.

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Ingredients should be covered and refrigerated while they’re marinating. When fruits are similarly soaked, the term used is macerate.

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Watch our video on how to make salad dressings and jam jar marinades: