This product promised to deliver more marinade, deeper into the meat, with less fuss. Could it live up to the hype?
How We Tested
We’ve found that marinades generally don’t go much farther than skin deep, which is why Mary’s Marinating Stick ($24.90 for two) grabbed our attention. Each perforated 10-inch stainless-steel tube can be filled with seasoning and inserted into any piece of meat with the idea that the food will be seasoned thoroughly from the inside. But at only 1/2 inch wide, each tube held very little seasoning—less than 1/2 ounce of garlic, herbs, and citrus zest. And when used with a 3-pound pork loin, even potent garlic and rosemary failed to permeate beyond a 1/4-inch area surrounding the stick—a far cry from the claim that it can flavor up to 6 pounds of protein. We also skewered a turkey breast with two salt-filled marinating sticks, but the seasoning was no better than a breast we’d simply salted before cooking. Once removed, the sticks leave behind unsightly “bullet holes,” and the 132 tiny perforations are difficult to clean, even after a trip through the dishwasher.