Are you wasting money in the marinade aisle? I was for years. I would buy those convenient envelope packets spices to mix with oil and water to create a meat marinade. The marinades were and still are usually on sale for a $1 each, giving you the illusion of thrift. But buying 3-ounce bottles of the same marinade spice is considerably cheaper. You’ll save at least $7 a pound.
Did you take home economics in high school? I did for one semester but I don’t remember much of it other than that I sewed a pair of uncomfortable knee-length Hawaiian print shorts. The following tip about avoiding $1 spice or marinade envelopes strikes me as something I might have learned in home-ec, had I retained anything.
The envelopes are $22.50 a pound or with the sale price, $15 a pound. That’s substantially more than if you buy the same spice in the bottle.
The bottles of McCormick, which are three times as much–$2.99 a bottle or $1.49 during that particular sale–are considerably less per pound: $14.08 or $7 a pound with the sale price.
Perhaps some of you are thinking you could save even more by putting your own marinade spices together. And you could. But with a crazy full-time job, I know for me, sometimes the only thing standing between me and ordering takeout is the ability to quickly pour a couple tablespoons of something in a bag with a piece of meat and settle in with a glass of wine. The meat stews in its own juices while I stew in mine.
If you want to go homemade, this is one of my favorite marinades.
What’s your favorite marinade? What’s your favorite food to grill? Would you consider sharing the recipe in the comments section below?