How Do You Make Marinade From Scratch?
A marinade is any combination of oil, acid and herbs that meat soaks in before you cook it.
Acids act on the proteins in the meat. They break the meat down and make meat more tender. As protein breaks down, they leave space within the meat for flavor and moisture to seep in. Acids that commonly are used in making marinades include the following:
- Cranberry Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Lime Juice
Buttermilk and yogurt works the best out of the acids listed above. They are able to better penetrate the meat but without leaving it too tough or mushy.
Oil provides moisture to the marinade. Any kind of oil (vegetable, olive, canola) will do and helps meat hang onto the moisture it has and even adds to it.
Seasonings add additional flavor to the marinade.