I love summer! Not only for the long, lazy, sunny days, but because summer is the perfect season for barbecuing! Nothing tastes quite as good as tender, juicy meat grilled over an open flame. Do you want to know my secret for meat that comes out tasting like a professional grilled it? A meat injector!
If you’ve never used one, you will be amazed with how well a meat injector can infuse your favorite foods with flavor. A meat injector is basically a syringe with a sharp stainless needle that allows you to sauce or infuse marinade into seafood, vegetables and uncooked meat. It works just like a regular syringe with a sharp needle and a plunger that is used to the push marinade into the food. However, meat injector needles differ from a regular hypodermic in that they are not open at the tip. This is because a large opening at the tip can easily get clogged with meat. Instead, a meat injector has holes in the sides of the needles, and the tip is a sharp point. Most meat injectors also have measuring units on the side so you can easily add the correct amount of liquid to inject.
Reasons To Use A Meat Injector
So why use a meat injector? The answer is simple. To flavor your meat! Injecting the marinade directly into the meat will infuse the flavor into the flesh instead of keeping the marinade just on the outside surface. After grilling the meat will be tender and juicy and filled with flavor both on the inside and out. You get a professional taste without the extra cost.
How To Use a Meat Injector
Using a meat injector at home is simple. To load it, simply stick the needle into the marinade and pull the plunger until the barrel fills. Then stick the needle into the meat and slowly depress the plunger. You will want to insert the needle about one inch or more depending on the thickness of the cut of meat. I find it works best if you inject the marinade in several different spots, evenly distributing the marinade throughout the meat. Make sure you reserve enough marinade to give the outside a good coating with a brush, too!
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Where To Buy a Meat Injector
There are many online stores from where you can buy a quality meat injector, as well as a number of injection gadgets ranging from simple hypodermics to pumps. For home use, a nice sturdy specialty hypodermic will do just fine. In some cases you can find injectors available as a kit with extra parts. These are definitely worth looking into as sometimes the needle can break. If it does, don’t worry – it’s a cinch to replace.
Before buying, do some research, read reviews and ask your friends and relatives for recommendations. Buying an injector is definitely worth considering as it enables you to enjoy the taste of professionally cooked meat from the comfort of your own home.