Marinating Meat

Will marinating meat kill all the bacteria?

Marinating adds flavor and tenderizes meat, but it does not kill bacteria. For this reason, marinate meat only in the refrigerator to keep it at a temperature where bacteria won’t grow.

Cooking the meat to a safe temperature will often kill bacteria that may have been in the meat. If the marinating meat contained bacteria, it would pass to the marinade. Therefore, never save and re-use marinade, and never use marinade on cooked meat unless the marinade has been brought to a boil.