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Glazes and Marinades: A Match Mari-Nade in Heaven
Glazes and marinades are both important parts of the cooking process that have been used for centuries. We have sauces for all tastes, ranging from fruity to smokey, spicey, and sweet. Perfect for your next cookout, grab some glazes and marinades today and get cooking! Once you’ve worked your way through all of our sauces, don’t forget to try our seasonings and dry rubs too.
What is the point of marinating?
Marinades have two purposes: improving taste and texture of a food. Marinades generally contain an acidic ingredient, such as lemon juice or vinegar, that helps tenderize meat for that melt-in-your-mouth feel (just don’t marinate too long or your meat will get mushy!). They also lend flavors to your food, whether subtle, citrusy, spicy, or smoky. You can even marinate non-meats, such as grilled pineapple or tofu, to give them real knock-your-socks-off flavor.
What are glazes in cooking?
Glazes are sauces that are brushed onto foods during the cooking process. If you’re a fan of tasty food, you’ve undoubtedly come across glazed salmon or honey-glazed ham. They generally include a sweet ingredient, such as sugar, maple syrup, or honey, which caramelizes while cooking. This provides an additional flavor to the outer layer of your food, whether it be salmon, chicken, ham, carrots, or brussels sprouts.
Is it better to glaze or marinate?
There is no clear winner here - it really just depends whether you plan ahead or go by the seat of your pants. When you’re working with a marinade, you generally have to plan ahead and marinate your meat for 30 minutes or more before cooking. Glazes, on the other hand, are applied toward the end of the cooking process - perfect for you “whoops, I just remembered to add the sauce!” folks.