Today's tip

To marinate properly, you must give the ingredients enough time to exchange flavors.

Marinating is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic liquid before cooking.  A marinade also often contains oils, herbs, and spices to add flavor to the food items. Besides flavoring foods, a marinade is also commonly used to tenderize tougher cuts of meat. When you feel they do not have enough intrinsic flavoring, marinate the fish or meat even though the recipe might not call for it. To a marinade with plenty of liquid, chopped vegetables such as carrots, onions, and garlic are usually added, as well as fresh herbs as basil, rosemary and sage. The meat is set in a bowl or plastic bag to which the marinade is added, tossed well, then allowed to steep for a few hours or overnight. To marinate properly, you must give the ingredients enough time to exchange flavors.