Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paleo Brine

The term 'paleo' in the title is meant to indicate cooking practices of early humans and, also likely, our pre-human precursors. Early cooks discovered the benefits of 'brining' their food before cooking it, better flavor and moistness. The simplest marinade is sea water. The term 'marine' can be seen as the origin of the word 'marinade'. This recipe approximates the salinity of seawater, namely 3.5% or 35 grams per 1000 milliliters. This may be prepared using a digital kitchen scale or by volume measure by standardizing on a particular salt product.
35 g or 1/4 c Diamond Crystal™ Kosher salt 
1000 g or 1 qt water
Dissolve the salt in the water in a large bowl with stirring. Soak the food item for 10 minutes to several hours depending on thickness and texture. Drain and pat dry if frying will be used. Only use pepper to season.