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What does “curd” mean in a South Asian recipe?

I've seen the word "curd" used in a few South Asian recipes (like, notably, some "Butter Chicken" recipes). In one video, it kind-of looks like it might be cottage cheese (or something like that), ...
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Does a long marinade time matter for chicken, shrimp, etc?

I have no doubt that a long marinade makes a difference for coarsely striated meats like beef, pork, lamb and some fish. But I've got my doubts that marinating, say, chicken or (peeled) shrimp for ...
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Can you use marinade twice if it was first used on precooked meat?

I made precooked frozen meatballs in the crockpot with jelly and honey BBQ sauce. It was really yummy and was wondering if the sauce that's leftover would be ok to marinate some ribs in?
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Should I boil the alcohol out of marinade?

A recipe for cooking pork calls for sake in the marinade. Should I boil the alcohol out or should I marinate with the alcohol intact? I read somewhere that alcohol can cook the meat just like acid, ...
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If salt dehydrates the meat, then why would brining make it more juicy as a whole?

As the title says, why does brining work? If salting, by osmosis, pulls the water out of the meat, then why is meat considered more juicy after it's cooked?
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Meat and Poultry Changing Color in Marinade?

I am working on a marinade for my chicken breast and filet mignon for a fondue we are planning on having tonight. I took the meat out of the fridge and noticed they both seemed to change color. The ...
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Is a whole chicken still safe after 5 days marinating in the fridge?

I marinated a whole chicken and put it in the fridge for 5 days--can I still cook and eat it?
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How is Kiwifruit used to tenderize Meat?

I just read today that Kiwifruit is used to tenderize meat. I wanted to make some fruit chutney anyway, normally I'd go for mango, but why not use kiwifruit fruit this time? I read that the actinidin ...
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Does marinading preserve food's freshness

I have 2 questions; 1 is very general, and one is very relevant to my current situation but both are about the same thing. So, I defrosted a topside of beef over Saturday night/Sunday morning. It is ...
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Should I boil beef for burgers before marinating? [closed]

My homemade burger patties became smelly after one day kept in the fridge (not the freezer). The taste after I grilled them was also not good. Along with the smell, there is also blood stagnant inside ...
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If a chicken has released a lot of moisture due to freezing, will these cause soup water to flow back in due to pore enlargement?

If you have slow freezed chicken and noticed a lot of water has come out, you then cook a soup, would the freezing have caused pores to enlarge and will the soup water/marinade move into the areas of ...
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Chicken carne asada marinade

I'm trying to cook carne asada chicken (hope that doesnt sound too strange). I'm trying to make the perfect marinade for it. Here's what I've tried so far: 3 tblspoons orange juice 1 tblspoon ...
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Cooking a tender pork sirloin (Solomillo al Whisky)

A popular dish in Andalusia consists of pork sirloin chops in a whiskey sauce. I've tried to recreate this at home by marinading for a short time and then frying, but the meat ends up rather tough, ...
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Will marinating chicken for 18 hours make the meat fall apart?

I decided to marinade some chicken for tomorrow night's meal but the only time I have to do it is tonight. Obviously it's going in the fridge for that time period. I've never marinated meat for that ...
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Can I use southeast asian fish sauce as a marinade?

I have been using Southeast Asian fish sauce ( its Vietnamese variant called "nước mắm" to be precise ) to marinade meat which I would then fry. From the narrow observation I made though the ...
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Chicken marinade with soy sauce - have I done something wrong?

I have made a chicken marinade with soy sauce, olive oil, dry herbs and spices. I put it to marinate for 3-4 hours (like I mostly do), but I couldn't cook it that night so I left the chicken in the ...
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Will soaking chicken in milk hurt the chicken

I'm trying a new recipe and I was told to soak my boneless skinless chicken thighs in milk with a little spices. Let them soak for a while then take them out of the milk and then drop them in seasoned ...
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Why do my teriyaki steaks come out hard and dry?

I have tried to make Teriyaki steaks (beef) and they come out dry and hard. They have been marinated with the Teriyaki sauce as instructed by various recipes but in the end the steak has taste but no ...
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Does marinating fish actually help the spices get in its flesh?

We fry fish after applying Mustard seed paste, turmeric, and salt to it. So, if now we apply the three ingredients and keep the fish for certain hours aside, will marinating affect the "taste" of ...
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Defrosting chicken breasts in marinade

I want to defrost chicken breasts and would like to marinate them. Since time may be an issue, can I place frozen chicken breasts in zip lock bag with marinade?
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What's the use of onions in teriyaki sauce?

I make my own Teriyaki sauce. Soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil and onion. Normally, after marinating, I dry the piece I'm going to sauté and remove the onion. Does the onion add flavour to ...
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Why marinade meat with acid or enzymes?

This might sound like a queer question, but why do we marinade meat with acid / enzymes? Given that marinading doesn't tenderize meat, it just turns the outer fibers into mush and releases the juices ...
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Is it OK to marinate chicken and pork together?

I just want to minimize dishes taken to a BBQ--marinating pork chops in a lemon/herb/olive-oil baste along with some chicken skewers. Is there anything to worry about with trichonosis when preparing ...
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will wine marinade kill bacteria? [closed]

After grocery shopping, my husband left vacuum sealed 2 jars of wine marinades herring outside the fridge on a shelf for 2 days. The shelf is in a cool spot. Can we still eat it? I have put them ...
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de-parasiting mackerel for sushi

We've bought some fresh sushi-grade mackerel, and would like to make saba sushi from it. We were told that we should treat it with vinegar to kill any parasites. Some online recipes I've seen ...
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Marinades: Water vs Oil

What's the theory on using water vs oil for chicken marinades? I ask because of this recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1731460 After multiplying the recipe by a lot, ...
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Is it possible to overmarinade a steak?

I know it won't spoil; the spoil by date is next week. I'm cooking it in 48 hours (Friday Evening). It'll rest in the lowest part of my fridge as well. My marinade consists of vinegar and salt. ...
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Can I freeze marinated chicken breasts?

I bought marinated chicken breasts from the butcher and didn't realize I bought twice as many as I really wanted! Is it ok to freeze half of them? The marinade is a garlic butter, so not acidic like ...
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What is the minimum time for a decent meat marinade?

Is there a good minimum time to recommend for the time to marinade meat? Or is it always best to eave overnight if you want good results? Do citric juices such as lime or vinegar reduce this time?
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Pan-frying marinated meat without making a huge mess?

I love marinated meat, I love the extra flavor that the marinade adds to it. However, I don't always have the option to BBQ it, so sometimes I have to use a frying pan. However, this always creates a ...
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What is the purpose of red wine vinegar in steak marinades?

Some recipes call for red wine vinegar in steak marinades. Is the Red wine vinegar used as means to break down the meat tissue or is it just there as a flavor agent?
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Why did my peanut butter sauce split?

I made a peanut butter sauce/marinade for some tofu bits, with peanut butter, soy sauce and pineapple juice. It tasted good and was the right creamy texture when I put the tofu in it. After a couple ...
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How do I get good results with marinaded venison?

I had some deer ragout and let it marinade one day in wine, brandy and with some spices. Then I added some fresh vegetables, cold water and put the heat on. Let it simmer for a couple of hours. The ...
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Is it bad to marinate meat for too long?

From my experience it is always best to marinate meat for a decent amount of time, so the meat can "soak" up the marinade and be more flavourful. However, I came across this recipe here: http://www....
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How to prepare mutton so it's not tough?

I had a mutton shoulder and I wanted to prepare it in a way which imitated to some point doner kebab, so the meat was sliced into thin pieces and fried on a pan. However it was a bit tough. I'd ...
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Is acid-marinated raw chicken still safe after several days?

I marinated chicken five days ago in lemon juice, seasoned salt, and garlic powder, is it still safe to cook in the oven?
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Will potatoes turn brown / gray in oil?

When I was a fry cook we made fresh fries and kept them in a bucket of water to keep them from turning brown (not sure if that's oxidation or what), will oil inhibit the same chemical reaction? I ...
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Using seltzer to help a marinade

I saw the host on a cooking show claim that using seltzer in a marinade will help the flavors better penetrate meat via the carbonation. Is there any truth to this, and how would it actually work? e.g....
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What are best practices for using Yoghurt as a Marinade?

I'm cooking for 30, Lamb Chops are on the menu and I want to do them in a Yogurt Marinade. I've done Yogurt Marinades with mixed results and I wonder if there are some best practices? specifically: ...
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Making jerkies less salty

So yesterday I made my first ever home-made jerky. It tastes great (I suppose I followed a good recipe). However, it is quite salty. I thought I didn't use a lot of salt, but I did use a lot of soy ...
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How necessary is it to marinade meat before making jerkies?

So I just got myself a dehydrator, for the purpose of making jerkies. I was thinking of just seasoning the meat lightly instead of marinating them, which takes considerably more time, needs more ...
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What north atlantic fish can we use to make a good ceviche?

I am planning to do a ceviche entrée in Ireland but I am limited in the choice of seafood and most likely won't find Peruvian/Pacific ones. Any recommendations for? substitutes
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“Post-marinating”? Is it a real term or do my taste buds deceive me?

Two nights ago I cooked some chicken on my George Foreman grill, just plain (a bit of non-stick spray but that's it). Then I chopped it up and put it in rice and stuck it in a tupperware for lunch ...
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Why does horseradish paste “curdle” when cooked?

I once made a tuna marinade that included some imitation wasabi paste. Usually when I cook like this, once the fish is done I cook down the marinade into a thicker sauce. In this case, the sauce ...
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How to marinate cheese

In the answers to this question http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/8624/jerk-vegetable one of the suggestions is to marinate some cheese. This is not something I have heard of before. I was ...
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Why do you marinade steak with onions?

Most recipes call for onions when marinading steak, but...why?
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Does marinating break down proteins the way brining does?

Brining makes meat tender because the salt (and some sugar) breaks down proteins. Shouldn't a salty/sugary marinade do the same thing?
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

With the vacuum sealers that have hit the market, they're have been a lot of toys added onto the products. One such device is used for marinating meat. It just looks like a tupperware bin with a ...
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How long is it safe to marinate meat?

I started marinating some almost-thawed chicken and skirt steak in the refrigerator on Monday. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten around to cooking the meat. Is the meat still safe to cook ...