Gravy, Sauces and Stuffing

Guide to Marinating

Q: I never know how long to marinate meat. Is there such a thing as marinating something for too long?

Here’s an easy chart including the minimum and maximum time to marinate different types of meat for maximum flavour. Keep this on your refrigerator for quick reference!

Minimum time – 4 hours
Maximum time – 12 hours




Minimum time – 15 minutes
Maximum time – 30 minutes




Minimum time – 30 minutes
Maximum time – 6 hours


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Massimo Capra has been on The Food Network many times with successful shows like Restaurant Makeover. He has a regular spot on CityTV’s Cityline, is a national column writer and author of two best selling cookbooks. He is now the host of his own destination cooking show called Gourmet Escapes. He is co-owner/executive of Mistura and also brings his passion for great gourmet food at affordable prices to Canada’s busiest airport, Pearson International (Toronto), with the opening of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto.

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