We all know shrubs are great in beverages, but if you’re looking for more uses of shrub turn to your kitchen. Shrubs can create sweet and savory marinades that will give your dinner dishes a makeover.
Whether you realized it or not, you probably already marinate your food before you cook them. A marinade is simply a mixture of seasonings that are used to flavor or tenderize food.
So, what makes shrubs so good for marinating? The main ingredient in a shrub is vinegar. Vinegar is an acid and acids cause foods to be broken down and tenderized. The sugar of the shrub helps the food to taste sweet, but also helps the food to not absorb too much vinegar. This creates a flavorful, yet juicy entrée. Be careful not to use too much vinegar as that can cause your dish to become mushy and won’t be as tasty.
Marinades can be used on anything. Chicken, steak, shrimp, even vegetables! If you want to impress your guests at your next dinner party, consider using a marinade. Your friends and family are going to think they’re eating a five-star meal when all it may have taken was 5 simple ingredients.
To incorporate shrub into any recipe, simply replace any acid, such as lemon juice, vinegars, or wine. This will add the acid needed to marinade the food but will also pack in the flavor. To round out dinner, create side dishes that will pair with the shrub flavor to create a well-balanced and dynamic meal.
Here are some of our favorite marinades using Anna’s Kitchen Shrub:
2 cups Banana Turmeric Shrub
2 cups coconut milk
shrimp or chicken
2 cups Cranberry Mint Shrub
1/2 cup olive oil
1 shallot minced
salt and pepper to taste
your choice of protein, but we recommend pork or lamb
Peach Jalapeño Marinade
2 cups Peach Jalapeño Shrub
2 cups olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
your choice of protein, but we recommend chicken or pork
We love the versatility that the shrub gives us in both food and beverage. In addition to marinades, shrubs are great for salad dressings and sauces! For more inspiration, check out our other recipes. To begin experimenting on your own, order shrubs online or find them at your local retail and liquor stores.
Handcrafted by Anna Scott in her own kitchen and manufactured locally in Rhode Island, Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are made with certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are offered in 5 unique, award-winning flavors and can be added to your cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings, marinades, sauces, or can simply act as a refreshing drinking vinegar.
Anna’s Kitchen LLC. is a privately held company operating out of Barrington, RI with widespread distribution capabilities for businesses and consumers through direct online ordering, at various grocery and liquor stores, or by partnering with purveyors.