Using Meat Injector Needles Made Easy!
When you buy or make your own marinade injector needles, it will give your marinades a great taste, just as if you bought them from a store or made them yourself. But, it is not quite as easy as that. Making your own meat injector needles is not as hard as it seems, though. In fact, it's a fun hobby, and once you get the hang of using them, you'll be hooked for life!
First, you have to understand what it is exactly that you will need meat injector needles for. Basically, a marinade injector needle is a needle with a small tip on it. You put marinade in the bottom of the needle, put your basting fluid (the kind that you would use to wrap exotic meats) onto the tip of the needle, and then puncture the tip of the needle to let the marinade sink into your meat. Marinade can be very expensive, so if you are making a lot of them, this is a great way to cut down on the cost.
Some people prefer to purchase their marinade injector needles instead of building their own. The problem with this method is that it's much more difficult to puncture the marinade injector needle with your fingers, if you're trying to puncture something this large with your bare hands. Also, when you build your own meat injector needles, you may want to get some stainless steel ones, as these can stand up to the type of cooking you will be doing - i.e., low, or medium.
If you are new to meat injector needles, you probably want to start out with some marinade. The easiest way to do this is to buy some marinade, either from a supermarket or from a health food store. Mix the marinade in a jar with some olive oil. Whenever you cook meat for the first time, it's very easy to get the marinade to stick to the meat. This will help make it easier for you to inject it, as well as help give your meat that nice smoky flavor.
The next step is to use your meat injector to get the marinade into the meat. Hold the needle in your index finger, between your thumb and index finger. You should be able to feel two hollows at the top of the needle - these are the gauges to gauge how far to inject the marinade. You should not go past the maximum depth of the gauges, as your meat will need to rest for a bit before injecting it again. You should also have a finger, or two fingers, to squeeze the injector gauges to release the marinade from the needle.
Once you have injected the marinade, you can move on to using the syringe to inject the meat. Simply hold the injector needle in one hand, while you steady the meat with the other hand. If you need to you can inject the needle right into the meat, but I recommend not doing this for fear of damaging the injector needle. Simply move the needle around in the meat until it grabs onto some of the fat. If you need to, you can even inject it directly into the muscle.
Once you have injected your meat, hold the syringe handle steady with your free hand. You can then remove the syringe handle and wipe away the excess marinade. Clean your injector needle with rubbing alcohol. Now you are ready to cook your steak!
Using meat injector needles can be tricky at first, but once you have a little practice under your belt, you will have no problem creating mouth-watering steaks. Just be patient and don't get discouraged if you have a few mishaps along the way. The more you practice, the better you will get, so don't give up until you see results!