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Nov 28, 2012 05:58 PM


Hi there, simple question but I thought i'd ask anyway. Is there a difference between marinating something in a plastic bag (like ziplock) versus marinating something in a dish and covering with plastic wrap? Is one method more effective than the other or does it not matter at all?


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  1. If you use a Ziploc bag and remove as much air as you can, you can get more surface contact with the marinade.

    1. I don't like my food in plastic. I marinate in glass (and glass jars) whenever possible. Glass jars are also easy to turn over while marinating too. I use the wide mouth glass jars (like what peanut butter comes in) for steaks and they work great for turning and marinating meat.

      1. Yes.

        You have to wash the dish. The ziploc you just toss.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          You can turn Ziploc's inside out, wash them, and fasten them on your clothesline with a clothespin until they are dry. Then turn them right-side out, and they are re-purposed for your next marinade. To be safe, keep the curry zips separate from the citrus based.

          1. re: Veggo

            You can also reuse used toilet paper by drying them out in the sun and flaking off the, um, extra material. But then there are limits to frugality and recycling.

        2. if you are using regular zip locs there is not difference. If you vacuum pack something in a marinade you get faster deeper penetration.

          Yes, there is a dirty joke there somewhere.