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Mar 3, 2010 09:52 AM

Favorite Bottled Marinades

What do you use on your meats? Fish? I am looking for quick premade stuff to have on hand to marinate stuff for the grill or throw in the slow cooker with some meat. Or simple ones to make at home. Right now I have the following on hand.

Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce
Goya Mojo Criollo
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce.
Cambell's Cream of Mushroom Soup.
Liptons Onion Soup Mix
Good Seasoning's Italian Dressing Packets.

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  1. My favorite bottled marinades come from bottles of oil and bottles of vinegar or wine.

    Most marinades can be made at home using ingredients from a well stocked pantry. Olive/grapeseed/nut oil, an acid (any kind of vinegar (apple cider, sherry, balsamic) lemon juice, wine) and some herbs - even dried herbs. Salt & pepper, maybe a little mustard or some onion/shallot/garlic and you've got something that will cost you literally fractions of the pre-made stuff. The quality will be unmatched and you'll learn to start avoiding things that contain preservatives, binders, corn syrup, and loads of salt.

    1. I like the Good Seasons packets. Great to keep on hand when I'm short on time or if I want my husband to put some chicken to marinate.

      Usually I make my own marinades though. A favorite for chicken cutlets- fresh orange juice, a bit of lime juice, curry powder, squirt of honey, cilantro, olive oil. I've put the marinade together the night before and added in the chicken in the morning.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        Great example. The part that takes the longest is washing/chopping the cilantro, I'm sure. The lesson is, if you can chop cilantro you can make a marinade. Everything else is opening up a bottle or squeezing a half of citrus.

        1. re: Fuller

          I don't chop it- just rip it into a few big chunks. I've learned to wash and wrap all my lettuce and herbs on sunday for the week.

            1. re: Fuller

              yup.. if I didn't do that I probably wouldn't have the energy after cooking dinner to prepare a salad for the next day's lunch.

      2. I used to always make my own marinades for salmon. I lived in Seattle for years, and think it's a city ordinance or something.......
        But then I loved to L.A. and tried Suzie Wow.
        Oh my.
        It's pretty terrific for salmon, flank steak and turkey burgers......

        1. I usually make my own, but this Drew's brand Garlic Italian is very very good on chicken - I use it in a pinch when I just don't feel like fussing around . . . . best marinated and then grilled, I think.


          1. My grandfather has always used Allegro marinade on his grilled flank steak, and I don't know whether it is the marinade or the man just has a natural talent, but it is seriously good.

            I also keep a packet of Lipton's dried onion soup on hand because what isn't improved by throwing in a packet of onion soup mix? (Also increases sodium by ~500 mg)

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            1. re: Memily_G

              Memily, adding an entire packet of the onion soup mix to anything increases the sodium by much much more than 500 mgs...1 Tablespoon alone = 610 mgs of sodium <ack!>...see attached:

              1. re: Val

                This shows you exactly how much they are ripping you off, most of the bulk in those packets is taken up by cheap, pulverized table salt.