Do You Really Need To Marinate Meat For 24 Hours?
By KALEA MARTIN
Food - Drink
When it comes to marinating meat, you might assume that the longer it sits in the liquid, the better. However, According to Bon Appétit, there really is such a thing as over-marinating, not to mention that a marinade only needs 15 to 20 minutes to do its job properly.
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If you leave your meat to marinate in the refrigerator all week, you may feel like you'll end up with a five-star quality dish. However, not only will over-marinating potentially turn your meat into a mushy mess, but the process could also turn it into a rotten one too, as bacteria begins to multiply after one to two days.
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This means that a marinade left for 24 hours is a breeding ground for bacterial growth. To prevent this from happening, The Kitchn suggests either cooking the meat as soon as you realize the 24-hour window is up or transferring it to the freezer.
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