Thursday, November 6, 2014

Instant brining

NaBloPoMo, Day 6.

Speaking of incredibly useful throwaway tips from great food writers, here's one I picked up from the most prolific cookbook writing team in the US, Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein (they also blog occasionally): pickle-juice brining.


This is just what it sounds like: when you finish a jar of pickles, save the brine and use it to brine your next pork or chicken dish. (Brining, in case you're not already aware, makes lean meat juicier and tastier.) Thus, you save a step (since you don't have to make your own brine), avoid waste (since you don't pour perfectly good ready-made brine down the drain), and get a better meal at the end of it. And no, your meat won't taste like pickles - I worried about this the first time I fed pickle-juice-brined meat to the pickle-hating DP, but all he noticed was how good it tasted. Try it and see!

2 comments:

insearchofgoldenpudding.com said... Best Blogger Tips

We buy giant jars of pickles, so this is definitely one I have to try rather than tipping all that brine down the drain!
Beck

Roving Lemon said... Best Blogger Tips

@insearchofgoldenpudding.com It gives an enormous sense of satisfaction and housekeeperly virtuousness!

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