Do you have to marinate jerky?

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3 Answers. Marinating your meat makes it safer primarily by introducing it to salt, which kills bacteria. It is possible to make jerky safely without it, though you need to be careful. ... You can get some really really nasty bacteria if you don't cure meat correctly, so it's worth taking some time on it.
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Marinades soften leaner meats that tend to be dry and make tougher cuts tastier. Moisture/Tenderness: Similar to brining, marinating is an effective way to introduce extra moisture into meat that can get too dry when cooked, as well as making what you marinate more tender.9 Jul 2018
Yes, you should poke holes in steak. That way, marinades permeate it better.12 Jan 2021
Marinades soften leaner meats that tend to be dry and make tougher cuts tastier. Moisture/Tenderness: Similar to brining, marinating is an effective way to introduce extra moisture into meat that can get too dry when cooked, as well as making what you marinate more tender.9 Jul 2018
In contrast to popular belief, you should NOT poke holes in pork chops before marinating. This actually drains out the valuable juices and will result in less juicy meat.
Your best bet for achieving marination magic is to soak your chicken, pork chops or loins and steak at least 30 minutes, but never longer than overnight. The risk of a lengthy bath in the marinade comes back to acid.23 May 2018
Eye of Round SteakEye of Round Steak A tremendous value cut that is lean and boneless. Ideal for marinating then grilling or skillet cooking.
Yes, you should poke holes in steak. That way, marinades permeate it better.12 Jan 2021
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