Side Orders: Freezer marinades are great time-savers for busy cooks

Anne Braly

How many times have you found a recipe, thinking it would be great to make for dinner that evening? Your plan: Stop by the store to pick up some meat to take home, then have dinner on the table in no time. But wait. You failed to read the part about marinating the meat for several hours before cooking it. Foiled again. Good planning is the key to most every recipe, and this is where freezer marinades come in handy.

It helps if you're the type who plans and makes meals on a lazy Sunday afternoon for the week ahead. It would be so nice if we could all be so organized. But the reality is that most of us are not.