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atriel2

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Posted: 27 Oct 2012, 09:51
I was wondering how and if you count marinades in the final calorie and carb counts?
I've made several things that use a marinade but when I cook those things the marinade is left behind and there's only a marginal amount left on the meat or vegetables. It seems unfair to count things I'm not eating but I don't want to not count something I am eating.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
- Toni


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ktexp2

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Posted: 27 Oct 2012, 10:10
I might try to use my kitchen scale to see the net amount of marinade that soaked in. Weigh the food before marinating, then again right before cooking - the difference in weight (if any) should be the net amount that soaked in. Like you said, it probably isn't very much. Most of the calories would probably be from oils if you've used them or if it is a commercially bottled one. If your marinades are just vinegar and spices I doubt its worth the effort!

Not sure if this is actually accurate though - marinades are weird, I think they actually draw fluid from the meat, so maybe this doesn't work the way I think it should!
atriel2

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Posted: 30 Oct 2012, 19:53
Thanks for your reply! I didn't realize anyone had. I'm currently counting the marinade as half. So not the full amount but better than not counting it at all.
- Toni


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Hoser

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 03:47
It's going to be basically impossible to get an accurate measurement. Marinades are typically made up of something water-based, something oil-based, salt, and some flavorings. The oil and water probably won't transfer to the food in equal amounts, and the salt/flavorings in yet different proportions.

I would tend not to worry about it. If you really want to come as close as possible, weigh or measure the marinade before and after.



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