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.
The only prepared marinade I use regularly is Walkerswood Jerk Marinade in the large bottle; very hot and spicy, but incredibly well balanced and rich flavor:
I don't like their other jerk products as much, but this one is incredibly good, especially for chicken.
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)
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. http://www.chefdrew.com/Pages/products/dressings/dressings.html
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.
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.