by Rachael Ray Show Staff Mistake: Marinating Your Steak What To Do Instead: Dry Brine Your Steak
According to the expert, marinades don't actually perform the way we think they do.
"They're great, but they don't soak into the meat," he says. "They're primarily affecting the surface of the meat."
Meathead places marinades in the same categories as rubs and sauces. If you want the flavor to really penetrate your meat down to the center, Meathead suggests brining the meat instead of marinating it.
"Brines get down in there — and not only that, they change the structure of the protein so they help hold onto the moisture," he explains.
There's a technique called dry brining, which simply means salting the meat a few hours before you cook it.
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