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What went wrong with this marinade?

There were some obvious issues with the recipe (listed cumin seeds as an ingredient, not in the actual recipe, called for orange in the ingredients and then used lemon in the recipe) but this marinade was the worst thing I have ever made. It had cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chili flakes, marjoram, garlic, olive oil and salt and I ground it all in a food processor and tasted like chili flavored soap. Thoughts?

asked by rldougherty over 3 years ago
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HalfPint

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added over 3 years ago

Seems to be missing an acid and you might not have had enough salt.

6f611b78 35b4 4186 89ad c38b035b32f3  08270410avatar messbrasil
added over 3 years ago

Was the marjoram you used fresh or dried?Cause if it was dried and maybe you had it opened for a while,the "soapyness"could have come from the stale taste of the herb.

3163f85f 9ea0 4c51 a0f1 ea1d9a2a7140  stringio
added over 3 years ago

I think the orange would have added a lot? The recipe said to finish the steak with lemon. Anyways, it hit the trash as I did not have the patience to try and fix it.

3163f85f 9ea0 4c51 a0f1 ea1d9a2a7140  stringio
added over 3 years ago

It was fresh marjoram.

6f611b78 35b4 4186 89ad c38b035b32f3  08270410avatar messbrasil
added over 3 years ago

Then I got nothing,sorry!

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Reiney

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added over 3 years ago

How fresh was the olive oil?

6f611b78 35b4 4186 89ad c38b035b32f3  08270410avatar messbrasil
added over 3 years ago

Sarah may be on to something...it might be rancid.

3163f85f 9ea0 4c51 a0f1 ea1d9a2a7140  stringio
added over 3 years ago

I just bought it a week or so ago from an imported food store. Hmmm---I am going to give that a taste.

3163f85f 9ea0 4c51 a0f1 ea1d9a2a7140  stringio
added over 3 years ago

Almost positive it is the olive oil! Dang it. I thought i was in the clear buying the imported stuff from Greece.