Momma Told Me: No More Vacuums + Mallets, I Marinate The Modern Way Now!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

No More Vacuums + Mallets, I Marinate The Modern Way Now!

Easy Marinating with the Vacu Vin 2.5L Instant Marinator
Momma Told Me: Food isn't bought delicious, I make it that way!

 Growing up, preparing meat was quite the production in our household. Even though Momma would have the butcher custom cut her filets and tenderloins, I recall preparing them seemed to take even more work, at home. There was the large square mallet with torturous spikes on the end, Momma would point into her cutlets as I flinched from the couch with each swing. Then there was the rubbing of spices, oil, and citrus, followed by the placing of the meat in a giant cylindrical container with a thick accordion like lid. Next came the vacuum, hardly a sanitary device to haul into the kitchen, but at six, who was I to tell Momma that? I'd watch, in awe, as she pulled out the Dirt Devil's hose and stuck it to the lid of this space age container, sucking invisible air out and locking invisible flavor in.
Vacu Vin 2.5L Instant Marinator
While such contraptions were revolutionary for their time, I am so grateful I don't need to invest in such an expensive system (which always seemed to crack or leak inevitably), or haul my vacuum cleaning up to the kitchen counter. In fact, there are several handheld marinator systems that not only take the hassle out of flavoring meat and vegetables at home, but also take the wait out as well. Vacu Vin is known worldwide as the brand, as old as me, which revolutionized sealing techniques. First known for their impressively functional vacuum based wine sealer, Vacu Vin has since introduced countless products which preserve freshness and lock in flavor. Today their product range spans well beyond marintors and 'savers,' but I'd first like to explore the classic products they are best known for.
Vacu Vin 2.5L Instant Marinator
Vacu Vin 2.5L Instant Marinator
Typically when I am preparing meat for a meal I fast marinate in a well sealed zipper baggie overnight with a high sodium and citrus based compound that will easily penetrate the protein. This is usually pretty effective with the exception of being quite messy and also a bit of a roll of the dice when it comes to flavor intensity. I've learned quickly more expensive and tender cuts of meat absorb flavor much quicker than tougher roasts and poultry. There's nothing worse than cutting into a perfectly cooked piece of meat to see it darkened with too much salt and flavor. After all, a great piece of meat should speak for itself, no?
Vacu Vin 2.5L Instant Marinator
Marinated Pork Tenderloin
I recently put the 2.5L Vacu Vin Instant Marinator to the test with 3 cups of sliced mushrooms and a 2lb tenderloin roast. The container was extra durable, with thick clear walls, and a simple (top located) hand pump nozzle. I tossed my meat and veggies in, poured over a pineapple teriyaki marinade and closed the lid. Using the hand pump I positioned the base of the pump over the central nozzle, pressed down to seal, and began pumping. Immediately I began to feel resistance on the end of the pump, which eventually prevented me from pumping any further. It was done.

I placed the easy to store and stack marinator in my fridge for two hours and pulled it out at dinnertime. Releasing the tight seal was as simple as pressing down on the lid's nozzle and letting air rush back into the container. The entire family was impressed with the amount of flavor infused into both the meat and mushrooms, leaving us with a tender roast full of flavorful juices!

What Daughter Says: Using modern solutions to prepare food for cooking can save time and still preserve flavor.

7 comments:

  1. I know what you mean! I have something very similar and it does an excellent job! Meat is so much better when it can absorb some delicious flavor from marinade.

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  2. Now I know what I am getting my dad for Father's Day. He is always marinating meats but leaving them in an open dish on the counter or in the fridge. This looks like the perfect solution to really making sure the marinade covers everything without having all the smells leaking all over the fridge! - Katy

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  3. My brother would probably love this. He is such a gourmet and is always marinating something!

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  4. Oh I want this!! That meat looks so tender and delicious.

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  5. I have been marinating a lot recently. I love this idea. It would be so much nicer then leaving it in an open dish in the fridge!

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  6. That is pretty awesome. I wonder if it could help with salad. Maybe? Seems like a pretty handy tool to have around the kitchen

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  7. Wow. I have never heard of a product like this. I am showing to my hubby since he's the cook in the family.

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