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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Make Your Own Marinades and More

By Sara Ecke
  Why spend money on dressings, marinades and rubs when you probably have all the ingredients to make your own at home? Cookbook author and food blogger Jorj Morgan explains how. 


Salad dressing
A good rule is 1 part acid-such as orange juice, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar-to 2 parts oil. Add a little scallion, garlic and fresh ground pepper and you have homemade dressing for half the cost of the store-bought variety. "The extra limes that you buy for your margarita party on Saturday will be perfect for your vinaigrette on Sunday," says Morgan.  
Beef or chicken marinade
Mix 3 parts tomato juice or sauce with 1 part lime juice, and season with soy and Worcestershire sauce. Add whatever fresh herbs are in your refrigerator or growing on your windowsill (Morgan likes thyme and rosemary) and a little garlic.
Rubs for grilling
Since spices last for only about four months, homemade rubs are a great way to beat the expiration date. Mix roughly equal parts of your favorite spices, like chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and pepper, along with brown sugar. (Don't add salt, since it leaches moisture from meat.) "You'll have a rub that hasn't cost you anything," says Morgan. 

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