Following tonight's meal (pork-chops in a chipotle/apple brine), and a discussion on some cooking techniques and plans for tomorrow's steaks, the wife and I were both curious as to what the difference is between brining and marinading...
Yep, unlike the real cooks such as Brigid, who use actual recipies and crap, I pretty much just make it up as I go & use what has worked in the past... so my technical knowledge is a bit shaky. And my lovely wife loves Food Network and can soak up the information like a sponge, but strongly dislikes playing in the kitchen (although when she does, the results are always yummy!) So between us, we were unsure...
Thanks to the Google & all, now I know - brining lets the cells hold more water from the salt, while a marinade uses the acids to break the cells down for tenderness.
Hmmm makes me think more now why each has a place & which I prefer for what... good to know!
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Monday, January 5, 2009
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