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Marinades

Basic ingredients: – Olive Oil. Lemon juice or vinegar or cultured milk. Herbs or Spices or both. Salt & pepper. – Marinating meat is an excellent means to improve tenderness and impart flavour. It is pretty effortless and another trick the amateur cook can use regularly to improve the dishes they prepare. Cuts which derive from the part of the animal that have worked the hardest such as shoulder or leg cuts lack both fat and tenderness. These cuts require a lengthy marinade to avoid dryness and toughness. Like stock, marinades are very simple to prepare. For those with a creative bent they can be excellent tool-sets for trying out new flavour combinations. For those less inclined to experiment there are always one or two reliable recipes they can always fall back on. The acid in the marinade works brilliantly at relaxing and tenderising the meat, whilst the natural enzymes in the olive oil will make the meat easier to digest once consumed. The spices will add flavour to the final dish. The fun thing about a …