How To Marinate

Marinades are a great way to add a burst of flavor to perfectly cooked Butterball® turkey breasts, tenderloins and other turkey cuts. Whether you want a tangy twist or a spicy surprise, marinades are simple to prepare and don’t require days of preparation.


Rules of Marinating

When using a marinade be sure to follow these general rules:

  • If the marinade recipe requires you to heat the ingredients, be sure to let the heated marinade cool to room temperature before pouring it over your turkey.
  • For recipes that call for a short marinating time, make the marinade several hours in advance so it can develop its full flavor.
  • Keep your marinating meat covered and in the refrigerator.
  • Use a sealable container or plastic bag that is large to position the food in a single layer, and turn to coat all sides.
  • Use ¼ to ½ cup of marinade for every 1 to 2 pounds of meat.
  • Marinate meat for 2 to 8 hours. The longer you marinate the stronger the flavor.
  • Discard any leftover marinade that has touched raw meat.
*Please enjoy wine responsibly.
Marinade Must Haves
Liquid Wine*, Orange Juice
Oil Olive, Canola, Truffle
Flavoring Garlic, Basil, Lemon
Be Sure Not To
Marinate at room temperature.
Marinate poultry for longer than 8 hours. Otherwise the meat’s fibers will begin to break down, resulting in a mushy texture.
Reuse marinades.