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Let’s be honest: plain meat is boring! If you want to add more flavour to your grilled and roasted meats, you need a little more marinades in your life.

A marinade’s job is twofold; to flavour and to tenderize. Meat is made up of connective tissue that can be really tough; braising and stewing use heat to break these down. When you want to cook something quickly. A marinade is a great option.

Watch in the video clip above as Sara Lynn Cauchon breaks down some dos and don’ts when it comes to marinades, and see below for some of her recipes.

Mediterranean

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 strips of lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 olive oil

Balsamic Honey 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Tikka 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 lemon, diced (rind on)
  • 3 chilies, sliced
  • ½ tsp ginger, freshly ground 
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

London Broil

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Korean BBQ

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup pear juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Chimichurri 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 shallot, peeled and quartered
  • 1 chili, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

FISH 

Coconut Chili Lime

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 red chilis, minced
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup cilantro stems, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves for garnish

Maple Dijon

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

TOFU

Sweet & Spicy

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Chick'un

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper

BRINING

The word marinade is derived from the Latin word 'MARE' which means sea because seawater used to be used to preserve meat before refrigeration. Brining is a similar process. A cut of meat is submerged in heavily salted water for anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days.  The salt tenderizes while the water is absorbed adding moisture.  Today, brines are often flavored as well. Brine Mix makes an amazing gift for Thanksgiving or the holidays.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp whole cloves