Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thomas Marinade

Back in the old days, the word "marinade" wasn't usually used by regular folks and country cooks -- but that doesn't mean that they didn't know about the benefits (and delicious results!) of soaking a piece of meat in a blend of vinegar or lemon juice to tenderize and get rid of any "gamey" off-flavors, oil to keep the meat moist while it cooks, and herbs and spices that enhance the meat's natural flavors. As any oldtimer will tell you, they knew about marinades -- they just called them "soaks" instead.

Thomas Marinade, from Thomas Gourmet Foods in Greensboro, NC, is an old-fashioned "soak" or marinade that's made with all-natural ingredients, just like grandma used to make. The secret blend of herbs and spices is perfectly balanced to enhance, rather than overpower, the natural flavors of your meat or anything else you marinade in Thomas Marinade. Soy sauce is used not only because of its complementary flavors, but also because it helps to tenderize even the toughest cut of meat. The cider vinegar also helps in the same way, and because it can penetrate the meat it helps to infuse it with the seasonings in this marinade. And canola oil helps to keep your meat or poultry tender by sealing in the natural juices while you grill, broil, bake or roast after marinading.

Thomas Marinade is excellent for all sorts of meat, pork and poultry, and is especially good for tenderizing venison, flank steaks, and roasts. It's also a wonderful addition to raw ground beef or ground venison when you're making burgers, and you can drizzle it over (or brush it on) fish and other seafood just before cooking. I love putting some raw veggies in a baggie and then pouring some Thomas Marinade in, shaking the sealed baggie to coat the veggies evenly, and then grilling or broiling the veggies. This is especially good with sliced onions and peppers, raw broccoli florets or spears, sliced mushrooms and summer squash like zucchini or yellow squash. Just make sure you shake the bottle first -- like any high-quality, all-natural vinaigrette or oil/vinegar marinade, Thomas Sauce naturally separates since it doesn't contain any artificial emulsifiers.

If you're looking for an all-purpose old-fashioned marinade or "soak" to tenderize and complement your food without overpowering or masking its natural flavors, then Thomas Marinade is for you. And if you're watching your carbs, you'll be thrilled to know that Thomas Marinade is a low carb marinade, with only 1 carb per tablespoon. Get it today from the Carolina Sauce Company online store, and enjoy a taste of the good ol' days.

Zestfully yours,

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