Say goodbye to excess cleanup and wasting plastic baggies…
This post is a method/hack post more than an actual recipe. This is how I often prep quick dinners for myself and wanted to share it with the rest of you. This method eliminates the need to clean a food processor or a blender, and also eliminates the need to use a ziplock bag that would otherwise just end up in a landfill. Washing an immersion blender under a faucet and soaking a mason jar is about as easy as it gets. If you don’t have an immersion blender or large wide-mouth mason jars yet, consider this the gateway post that will change your kitchen.
What you need:
- 1 quart sized wide mouth mason jar. You need a WIDE MOUTH jar in order for the head of an immersion blender to fit. Also you can get BPA free lids for your jars if you prefer them.
- Any immersion blender. I love mine dearly.
- A citrus reamer for recipes that require juicing citrus fruit. I use limes and oranges often.
How you do it (this is so easy):
1) Roughly chop larger items such as onions to fit into the jar, and juice citrus directly into your jar if called for…
2. Really, just put all of the ingredients you would normally blend or food process right into the jar…
3. Stick your immersion blender down into your jar and pulse until your marinade is liquified to an even consistency…
5. Add your meat to the jar. Typically about a pound to a pound and a half will fit. Cover your jar tightly, shake to coat the meat, and stick in the fridge until ready!
It really is that easy. I cook this way at least twice a week, and feel good about skipping the plastic.
In case you were wondering, this in the throw-together marinade I used in the picture to marinate a pound and a half of chicken tenderloins for grilling:
- Juice of one small lime
- Juice of half of a medium orange
- Handful of cilantro, leaves and stems
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
I hope you enjoy this premise. Would you like to see more mason jar marinades as recipe posts here?