When you marinate food before cooking it, more is going on than meets the eye (or the taste buds).
You’re doing more than simply soaking the food in a seasoned liquid to add extra flavour to it.
You’re actually changing its structure and making it yield.
Marinating tenderizes meat, breaking down tough connective tissues to make it more palatable. It also helps meat retain moisture, ensuring that the cooked meat will be juicy and not dry.
Marinades usually have a sharp, acidic ingredient, like wine, vinegar or lemon juice, or an enzymatic one, like yogurt of papaya. Herbs, spices and oils are added as well.
Whether you use a red-wine-based marinade for beef dishes, or a tangy yogurt-lemon one for chicken, your meat is guaranteed to turn out tender and better-tasting.
Likewise, when we meditate on God’s Word, or “marinate” in it, we’re doing more than simply adding Biblical quotations to our knowledge base.
As we absorb and internalize Scripture, it changes us and leaves us better off than before.Read more