Grill It: Can I Re-Use My Marinade?

Article Posted By: Laura Sullivan

of The Home Depot

A marinade simmering on a side burner

Q: Can I use my leftover marinade to baste my meat? Or is that a no-go for safety reasons?

A: As a rule of thumb, a marinade that has come in contact with any raw meat should not be used to “baste” any meat or veggie later for food safety’s sake. One simple way to get around this is to set aside a bit of marinade or sauce for the express purpose of basting.

Another option is to boil the marinade for one full minute to kill any germs or bacteria that may be present. (The FDA says this is A-OK.)

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