The easiest way to prepare a flavourful perfectly seasoned meat dish is to marinate it before cooking. Marination is believed to be crucial for tenderizing the meat, breaking down tough bonds so that the end product of your cooking is a tender piece of meat on the plate. Acidic marinates break down proteins in the meat, making them act like sponges, which soak up flavours and trap moisture that gives the meat a juicy texture.
Through the ages every culture has found its own way of marinating meat, drawing from the local ingredients and spices available to them. Yet, all these marinates can be broken down into three major ingredients: a fat, an acidic component, and the elements, which add flavour. If you are fond of cooking and exploring the various recipes, meat marination is sure a rewarding journey for you!
Yogurt Based Marinates
The Indian subcontinent and the Middle East are well known for their love of yogurt marinates. With chunks of meat that are soaked in a blend of yogurt, oil and a range of fresh and dry spices like garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin powder, turmeric chilli powder, and sometimes a splash of lemon the meat is rested for several hours, and sometimes even overnight before it is added to the pan or tossed on the grill . The thick coating of marinating not only permeates the meat making it fall off the bone, but also helps you get that beautiful golden colour and slightly smoky flavour when you roast grill or bake your dish. Licious makes it easy for you to order god quality raw meat online, and the freshness of the meat you buy combines with the ingredients of this marinate for a dish which stands out!
Asian countries love their sauces and this love is seen reflecting in the marinates they put together. Soya sauce, rice wine vinegar, oil are used in combination with herbs like garlic, and additives like sugar or honey for that characteristic flavour that gives the dishes their unique appeal. Other sauces and condiments are added according to the demands of the dish!
The most preferred by lovers of steak, a basic balsamic marinate has balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and thyme, and is seasoned with salt and black pepper. Easy to put together, it imparts a rich flavour and velvety texture to the meat, making it perfect for the grill!
Once you have grasped the basic concept of marinating meat, it is time to get creative with flavours. Use the convenience of online meat ordering from Licious, and spice up your cooking with a marinate made of orange juice, lemon juice and lime juice, and add cumin, black pepper, garlic and salt to make a Cuban Mojo, or stir together olive oil, lime juice and honey with chopped onions, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin for a Skirt steak marinade.
Even if you are in the process of finding your feet in the kitchen, Licious, the online meat shop makes it possible for you to surprise your family and guests with perfectly marinated meat! Log on to Licious for delectable Chicken Malai Tikka, Chicken meatballs with olives, Caribbean jerk Chicken, Peri chicken, Chicken spicy wings, Lamb Adraki, or Shahi Seena Hara Kebab, each marinated to perfection in a delicate blend of spices. Grill or fry the marinated chicken for a perfect starter or finger- food, and bask in the compliments which are bound to come your way!