When you want to get creative in the kitchen, marinating is a great way to bring lots of flavor to your meals. You just soak raw food in a liquid mixture – often vinegar, wine or oil (though you can substitute fat-free salad dressing) and various herbs and spices.

Because raw food carries a lot of bacteria, it’s important to take special care when you marinate. Meat or poultry should be kept in the refrigerator at 40°F or below. And if you want to use marinade as a sauce on cooked food, set some aside before putting any raw meat in it. Also, never reuse marinade unless you boil it first.

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