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Can I Marinate Food on the Kitchen Counter?

A marinade is a savory, acidic sauce in which food, typically meat, is soaked to enrich flavor or to tenderize it. Foods, especially meats, should be marinated in the refrigerator.

If you plan to use the same marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, you need to reserve a portion of the marinade before it is added to raw meat or poultry. It is not recommended to use the marinade that was used on raw meat or poultry. If you do use marinade that was used on raw meat or poultry, you will need to cook it to a boil for five minutes in order to kill harmful bacteria.


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