In my opinion there are to many people who make injecting or marinading meat to complicated.
I have read articles that a rocket science would have trouble understanding.
As you know, I don’t like complicated and write things in as easy English as possible.
What is the purpose of injecting or marinading
We would like to add some liquids to the meat to keep it from drying out while cooking and in addition we can add some flavor.
That is in my opinion the whole idea behind it.
Remember that larger cuts of meat already have solutions added during processing.
Most time they mention it is to conserve the meat better, but in my opinion it also add weight to it.
What can you use to inject meat
I like the taste of meat. Meat that is over-seasoned does not taste good to me.
Injecting can be done with many injectors.
I have tried the cheap plastic ones but that is just a waist of money except when you use it on thin meat it might work.
I strongly believe in buying the best quality you can afford that is why I go for the stainless steel marinade injectors. We did Marinade Injector Reviews and if you click on that link you can read them.
They are all pretty good and it is a personal preference what you would like to use.
What to inject the meat with
Like I mentioned most thicker cuts already have a solution injected during the processing and this is usually a salt solution.
This means in my opinion that we should stay away from to much salt in our solutions.
I prefer to use some kind of stock or melted butter in combination with some oil.
Any oil is good, but olive oil sometimes is a little strong flavored so I don’t use it most of the time.
The meat injection technique
I know there are people who tell you to use the needle with the holes on the side and not the one with the open tip end.
I have tried both and to be honest could not taste a difference.
I do admit that if you inject at the last moment the needle with the holes on the side is better. It will spread the solution better in that short time.
But if you inject and than let the meat sit overnight or even 24 hours I have not tasted any difference.
Just pull the needle out slowly while injecting and inject every 1.5 inch and you are good to go. Try to prevent pockets of solution.
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