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Homemade Meat Tenderizer

Using Vinegar to Tenderize Meat

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Unfortunately, cheap cuts of meat are often tough cuts of meat. So, what's a frugalite to do? Buy cheap and tenderize. Here's an ultra cheap meat tenderizer that'll treat you and your steaks right.

What You Do:

Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your cooking liquids; and your roasts, stew meats and steaks will come out tender and juicy every time.

Why This Works:

The acetic acid in the vinegar breaks down meat fibers, making them more tender and flavorful.

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