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Marinades add salt-free flavor

Giving grilled foods an added kick of flavor is easy with a zesty marinade.
Marinades are a great way to infuse grilled steak, chicken, seafood and vegetables with mouthwatering flavor.

They help keep meats moist while cooking and can provide a simple way to boost the taste of foods without adding salt.

When preparing a marinade, use some oil so that herbs and spices easily cling to meats. Most marinades have an acidic base, like vinegar, wine or citrus juice, which helps tenderize tougher cuts of beef and pork.

To give grilled foods an added kick of flavor without much effort, try using zesty shake-on seasonings that already are blended and bottled.

These seasonings help take the guesswork out of knowing which herbs and spices to add to a marinade.

Here are a few simple tips to make the most of marinades:

It usually takes a marinade about 30 minutes to flavor foods; however, the longer you marinate meats the stronger their flavor will become.

Because it is so delicate, fish should only be marinated for 20 to 30 minutes.

Use a glass dish or plastic bag to marinate foods; acids in the marinade will pull the metallic flavor from metal bowls.

Always marinate meat and seafood in the refrigerator.

Marinades should be used only once, then discarded.

Following is a quick and easy salt-free marinade that gets a robust taste from new salt-free steak seasoning, a bold blend of spices and herbs that enhances the flavor of grilled foods without adding salt.

Wine and Spice

Marinated Steak

cup red wine

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons salt free

steak seasoning

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1 pounds steak

such as sirloin or New York strip,

trimmed of excess fat

Combine red wine, olive oil, steak seasoning, brown sugar, and mustard in a large self-closing plastic bag or glass bowl. Add steak. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill steak six to seven minutes per side or until desired doneness. Makes six servings.

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