Marinating foods is a surefire way to add some flavor and change the consistency of countless different foods. The problem with marinating is that it can take a very long time, and in order to successfully marinate some tasty foods, it requires a lot of preparation in advance. Once again, technology has stepped in, and now there’s a faster way to marinate your favorite meats and veggies: vacuum marinating tumblers.
Marinating meats using conventional methods involves letting the meat soak in a marinade anywhere from several hours to a couple of days. It’s a slow process, but the flavors of the marinade soak into the meat, and for items like chicken, the inclusion of salt can help to season the meat and keep it nice and juicy while it cooks. In recent years, several different food appliance manufacturers have found a new, quick way to marinade any food. Vacuum marinating tumblers can marinade in a fraction of the time, taking anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. So, how do they work?
Vacuum marinating tumblers rely on two key processes: creating a vacuum-sealed environment and constant motion. The idea behind these two processes is that the food inside the tumbler stretches out in the vacuum seal, increasing the surface area, while the constant motion pushes the food between a dry and moist environment. This motion, working in tandem with the increased surface area, allows the marinade or brine to penetrate the foods service very quickly and efficiently. This new way to marinate food has some distinct advantages over the conventional marinating process.
It’s been shown that using vacuum marinating tumblers increases yields in the cooked product. As any chef worth his salt knows, getting the highest yields for your buck is always a good thing. On top of that, the marinated products taste delicious and are nice and tenderized. The real strength of this equipment in a commercial kitchen is its ability to marinate food incredibly quickly, which can allow for a heavier reliance on marinated products. Because of this, it is much easier to create a menu with distinct flavors across a variety of dishes without worrying about the long marination process.
While large-scale tumblers can cost up to 12,000 USD, smaller models can be purchased for around 2,000- 3,000 USD. There are home models available, but the effectiveness of these cheaper models is debatable. We live in an exciting age where the combination of technology and food allows for truly delicious meals that were far more difficult to produce in the past.