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Salvage tuna marinated in pineapple

No. While you could get most of the pineapple flavor out of the tuna by soaking it in ice water for several hours, you couldn't restore the texture. Pineapple contains a natural meat tenderizer that ...
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How to get tofu to absorb flavour?

Speaking from personal experience: The only kind of tofu which is genuinely a "flavor sponge" is deep-fried tofu, which is sponge-like in several ways. Frozen and thawed tofu has a similar ...
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can light beer be used as substitute for white wine vinegar in marinade recipe?

The answer to this is: No, beer won't substitute, but another vinegar could. The main reason here is flavour - beer tastes completely different to vinegar, and would change the flavour profile of your ...
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How safe and durable is commercial meat packaging when exposed to alkaline and acidic marinades?

Low and high density polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the two common plastics used in food packaging and food storage containers. Your Ziploc/Rubbermaid etc. containers and bags are ...
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Oil in marinades

Marinades are exclusively a 'surface treatment'. A penetrating treatment is a brine, and you will not use oils, but rather ingredients like salt, sugar, vinegar etc. which do produce a 'polarity' ...
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How to get tofu to absorb flavour?

Option 1: Press the tofu The idea here is basically to squeeze out as much of the water that it's packaged with as you can before cooking. You place the tofu between two towels, and put something ...
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What is the theory of a meat marinade?

First, there are two terms for 'soaking a piece of meat in liquid' and they are often used interchangeably and/or in error: Marinate: A surface treatment of meat in which the meat becomes coated with ...
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Salvage tuna marinated in pineapple

Pizza. image from FoodFromPortuagl.com Well, you're probably not going to get decent tuna steaks out of them at this point, so double-down on the pineapple, cut up or mince the steaks, and put them ...
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Pre pan-fry marinaded meat before oven roasting?

The concept that a "crust" on meat is protection for moisture loss is a myth. So, searing meat before roasting or braising is not a step to prevent drying. You may, however, want to sear ...
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Chicken didn't retain flavour from marinade

The scientific foundation for this answer is in the fantastic post pointed out in the comments here. How can I better ensure that the flavour seeps into the meat more uniformly? Basically there are ...
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Too much wine used in coq au vin

Marinades are generally surface treatments, especially in thicker cuts. With the exception of salt (if any in the marinade), I doubt your chicken has absorbed any marinade. So, your issue is the ...
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Can I substitute ketchup with tomato puree in marinades?

Ketchup has a very different flavour profile to tomato puree. Ketchup contains tomatoes, but also (from memory and Greg Nickoloff's helpful comment) salt, sugar, vinegar, and flavours like celery, ...
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Why do you marinade steak with onions?

Peeling, cutting, or crushing an onion's tissue releases enzymes called allinases, which convert amino acid sulfoxides into sulfenic acids. The sulfenic acids, in turn, form a mixture of products that ...
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

I tried to read a lot about the vacuum marination and was a bit surprised that there are so many different theories out there. One thing that really surprised me is that people talk about marinating ...
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What causes flavors to "marry"?

Perhaps I'm missing some nuance to this question, but the basic answer is that flavors are made up of various chemical components, and it takes time for them to migrate throughout the sauce/stew/curry/...
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Why meat gets tough after soaking it in vinegar solution for more than 24 hours?

Vinegar is acidic thanks to its concentration of acetic acid. It thus has a low pH, somewhere between 2.5 and 5 depending on the type of vinegar. Acidic substances can affect the delicate amino acids ...
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What can I do with leftover "Sweet and sticky" marinade?

The main concern with re-using anything that has come into contact with chicken is salmonella, however as you are talking about using marinade that has been cooked you shouldn't have any safety ...
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Marinade and Smoke Chips

Marinating means that your product will be in the marinade before cooking. It is a surface flavor application. It does not seal in juices, nor does it penetrate the protein. Marinate as you would ...
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Injecting Jack Daniels into pork

It really depends on what sort of end result you're trying to get. If you don't reduce the alcohol before injecting it, you're going to end up with boozy pork. If this is what you want, go for it. ...
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How can buttermilk marinade for raw chicken be used afterwards?

I don't know about buttermilk marinade. You can reuse marinade used for meat if you cook/boil it enough to kill bacterias. https://www.thespruceeats.com/making-marinades-safe-331649 "The most ...
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How does soaking liver in milk work?

The milk has caeisin wich pulls out blood and impurties as well as some metallic elements. Same stands for tapia as it pulls out some of the muddy and overpowering stony elements. I have put in 12 ...
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

Vacuum is quite commonly used in the industry to expel air. When you apply vacuum what you are actually doing is reducing the atmospheric pressure on liquid and soft porous material. A liquid will ...
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

I have a small bucket of beef jerky in a Best Value Vac's system sitting at 25.5 Hg on the dial for several minutes. I allow air slowly back into the chamber and watch the marinade level slowly lower ...
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

I don't think there is any physical principle that forces marinade into a meat under a vacuum by itself. Putting it under pressure, not vacuum, could have this effect. The vacuum removes air and some ...
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Do you achieve better results from marinating if you poke holes in the meat beforehand?

Most flavor molecules from marinades don't penetrate much below the surface of the meat. (Salt and to a lesser extent sugar are exceptions: they will gradually work their way in deeper in long ...
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Do you achieve better results from marinating if you poke holes in the meat beforehand?

ChefSteps inject their cuts of meat with their 'brine', a marinade of salty water, liquid smoke, etc., before putting the entire thing in that brine to speed up the process (6-7 days down to 1-2 days) ...
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Can I substitute white wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar in a steak marinade?

Balsamic vinegar is quite sweet, fruity and tangy, and not easily compared to other types of vinegar. The substitutes will work better if you're replacing a relatively little bit, especially in a ...
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Can you marinade with tallow?

Theoretically yes, practically, it will serve no purpose. Marinades serve the purpose of drawing flavors out of the aromatics and herbs and distributing them to the food being marinated. To do so, ...
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A method to "speed up" marinating or an equivalent way to cook chicken

Marination can have a number of purposes and mechanisms, the biggest four of which I'll talk about here: Salt, acid, enzymes and miscellaneous flavour compounds. Salt Salt can do a few things; firstly ...
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How safe and durable is commercial meat packaging when exposed to alkaline and acidic marinades?

I'm not quite clear about what you mean, but food packaging is generally deemed safe. If you are suggesting cutting the bag open, adding a marinade, and refrigerating in the bag within the typical ...
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