Marinating meats can be a very simple task, or as complex as a vinegar reduction sauce. Using a different flavour vinegar or balsamic to make your marinade makes a completely different meal, with different flavours complimenting different meats.
What makes a marinade?
A marinade has three primary parts – acid, oil and flavour. They have three main functions;
- To tenderise your meat (acids)
- To keep your meat from drying out (oils)
- To give your meat flavour (flavours)
Tenderise with acid
To tenderise the meat, marinades have some form of acid as a part of their base. Often that acid is some kind of vinegar. Our range of Golles flavoured vinegars can also give amazing flavours to your marinades and can give flavour as well as a good acidic base. Why not try Apple Cider Vinegar as part of a marinade for pork?
Keep the meat moist
Most marinades also use some kind of oil or fat. This is to keep the meat moist and prevent it drying out during cooking. The French sometimes use melted butter or cream to keep the meat moist. These oils can also add to the flavour of the marinade and compliment the vinegar part of the base. Some of our favourite Oils at Vanilla Chef include:
The sky is the limit when it comes to flavouring your marinade. One of my favourite flavourings is a very simple blend of chopped fresh garlic in a base of olive oil and a flavoured vinegar. The flavour depends on my mood at the time! Some other common flavours are herbs such as Rosemary or Thyme, Tamari or Soy sauce, tomato (also acidic), Ginger, wine – the list goes on.
Tomato is a great flavour for marinade that can also serve as the acid base. Toasted Sesame oil provides a delectable flavour, as well as serving as the oil part of the marinade. Various citrus fruits and even pineapple can also function as both flavour and acid.
Using our flavoured vinegars as your base makes magic marinades and will keep your guests guessing about the flavours. We have a vast range of flavours such as tomato vinegar, beer vinegar, apple cider vinegar, plum vinegar, raspberry vinegar, red wine vinegar and balsamic wine vinegar. Many more are available. The Golles range, available exclusively from Vanilla Chef, is some of the best quality vinegars available and is seen as a staple in many Michelin Star kitchens.
If you have a large crowd to feed, why not whip up a number of different marinades? You can use the same Olive Oil and herb base and just change the flavour of vinegar? Makes life easy but still gives you amazing tasty marinades.
You can view our full range of Specialist Oils & Vinegars HERE. Use discount code marinade10% at checkout for discount! Valid until 29th July 2012.