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How to Quickly Marinate with a Vacuum Sealer

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Whether you're preparing a cut of your favorite red meat for the grill, seasoning chicken, or starting a tantalizing vegetable dish, marinating is essential for making the tastiest meal possible. Sealable plastic bags can be used to hold your food and desired dressing, but using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer and FoodSaver vacuum bags is an even more effective way to ensure that your meat, fish, poultry, or vegetables are sufficiently coated and soaked before cooking.

Your FoodSaver® 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing Kit is ideal for keeping your food fresh and juicy, so plug it in the next time you're prepping a meal that requires a quick marinade.

Make the Perfect Marinade
Before you can start the marinating process, you've got to pick a sauce to soak your food in. If you're a fan of making your own marinade from scratch, select a sauce that will bring out the flavors of your food.

A good rule of thumb is to mix oil with acid. (However, bear in mind that some fish will cook in acidic marinades, so be aware of the amount of vinegar, lemon, or lime juice in your mix if you’re prepping seafood.) For some dishes, especially red meat, a judicious sprinkling of sugar in the marinade can help enhance the flavor as well.

Ready to get started? Here’s an easy one: Stir together a little olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar, and in seconds you’ll have a chef-worthy marinade that will bring out the best in your dish. Here are some other simple combinations that you might like that can be used for a steak marinade, chicken marinade, or fish marinade:

  • Vegetable oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, thyme
  • Vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, coriander, lemon juice, chili pepper
  • Olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, basil, hot sauce
  • Vegetable oil, honey, lime juice, garlic, salt
  • Vegetable oil, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar

An even easier option is to pick up your favorite sauce from the store. After you've selected the perfect ready-made marinade, gently open a resealable FoodSaver vacuum bag and put your food into the bag. If you're preparing meat, cut it into bite-sized pieces so that the liquid can cover more surface area. Add the recommended amount of marinade to your FoodSaver bag—this will change depending on what meat or vegetable you're cooking—but generally, use enough marinade to coat the entirety of your food. This is not the time to skimp.

Seal with Care
Keeping the liquid away from the lip of your vacuum sealer bag is essential for ensuring that the sealing process works. After clearing the open edge of your FoodSaver bag—leaving at least one inch of space between the marinade and the seal—use your vacuum sealer to close the empty space.

After your bag is completely closed, place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The longer you leave it in the refrigerator, the longer the meat or vegetables will be able to soak in the marinade. If you're trying to get the process done quickly, the food can be removed after half an hour. The longer you marinate the meat, the more tender it will be. For more tender meat, keep it stored for one to two hours, and bring it to room temperature about 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook it. Fire up the grill and enjoy!