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F.I.T. Brine Review

March 27, 2018

I recently had the opportunity to test a product which I first heard about on Instagram.  The nice folks at F.I.T. Brine (Flavor Infused Tenderizing Brine) sent me some of their product I could try out and then give them my honest opinion about.  Before we get into discussing F.I.T. Brine, let’s talk about brining and why we should do it at all.

 

(Photo: Whole Chicken Brined with F.I.T. Brine Lemon Pepper)

 

 

Ever have one of your family members cook at pork chop and have it be on the dry side and not that flavorful?  Sure, part of the equation to a nicely prepared pork chop is what temperature you cook it until, but for that chop that is cooked properly but still lacks great flavor, brining is a fantastic option.  When you combine brining and cooking a piece of meat properly, something magical happens!  Brining is a process by which you submerge meat in a solution or “brine” which is typically a heavily salted solution.  This method is called “wet brining”.  You can also “dry brine” meat.   In this method, there is no liquid involved.   Dry brining is very similar to curing.

 

One should note though that the percentage of salt in a wet brine may vary quite a bit.  Some brines you should rinse off afterwards, and for some with a lower concentration of salt, it isn’t necessary.  Brining is a great way to not only retain moisture in a cut of meat, but to also add flavor and improve texture.  But how exactly does that happen?   It is the good old principle of osmosis.  Osmosis is defined as “movement of a solvent (such as water) through a semipermeable membrane (as of a living cell) into a solution of higher solute concentration that tends to equalize the concentrations of solute on the two sides of the membrane” (Merriam-Webster). So if you’re not a science geek like myself, this means by taking a piece of meat and submerging it in a brine with a high salt content, the brine solution will actually move the salt, water, and any seasonings in the brine, directly into the meat an attempt to equalize the salt concentration between both the solution, and the meat itself.  What does this do for our meat?  It infuses it with more moisture, and the flavor within that brine!   More moisture in the meat prior to cooking means more moisture in the meat after brining. Brining is an excellent option for cuts of meat that are typically on the lean side such as pork and chicken.  Some seafood also lends itself well to the brining process.  

 

(Photo: Whole Chicken Brined with F.I.T. Brine Lemon Pepper)

 

 

F.I.T. Brine takes all of the guess work out of making your own brine at home, and has created a great range of flavors sure to please any palate.  The current flavors are: Garlic and Herb, Original Hickory, Thai Curry, Jamaican Jerk, Lemon Pepper, Savory Chipotle, Mesquite Apple, and Mango Habanero.  All of the flavors are all natural, gluten free, MSG free, oil free, have no chemicals, fillers, or anti-caking agents, or artificial colors, have no preservatives, but have a long shelf life of 2+ years.  If you like a decent amount of heat and spice in your food, the Jamaican Jerk and Mango Habanero are great options.  My personal favorites are the Garlic and Herb, Lemon Pepper, Thai Curry, Original Hickory, and Sweet and Spicy.

 

 (Photo: Hanger Steak Seasoned with F.I.T. Brine Garlic and Herb)

 

The folks at F.I.T. Brine recommend using 1 ounce of brine mix with 1 cup of water for every pound of meat.   They also recommend 6-12 hours of brining time or longer if desired.  I have personally brined shrimp and calamari for much less time and still had fantastic results.   Although sold as a brine, I have also used this product as just a straight seasoning directly on meat and vegetables as if a seasoning rub.   I made a whole chicken with the hickory flavor and it was one of the best chickens I’ve ever made.   I marinated some calamari in it with the Sweet and Spicy prior to frying and was told by my family that it was the best calamari they ever had.   Give it a try, I highly recommend it!  F.I.T. Brine can be purchased directly on their website www.fitbrine.com and also on Amazon.

 

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