Calories in marinades?

butterfli7o
butterfli7o Posts: 1,319 Member
How do you measure the calories for food sitting in marinades? Let's say my husband has half a dozen chicken breasts soaking in a bag of marinade (usually mojo, Italian dressing or BBQ) but obviously it doesn't all get soaked up and whatever is left is discarded. So besides weighing my chicken, how many calories should I use for the marinade it sat in?

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  • cmriverside
    cmriverside Posts: 33,928 Member
    Weigh the bag with the marinade, then weigh it again after you take the chicken out, divide the amount of the marinade that is gone by the number of chicken servings. (?)

    I mean, I guess it would matter to me if the marinade had lots of oil or sugar - otherwise I'd not worry about it a whole lot.
  • melissa6771
    melissa6771 Posts: 894 Member
    That's probably the only thing I don't bother logging. Most of the marinade stays in the bag/container, more burns off when you cook the food. Most of my marinated stuff I cook on the grill. But, if I were to log it, I would do what the poster above said.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,876 Member
    I never bothered getting into that kind of mind numbing minutia...it's pretty negligible.
  • guess it, it doesn't really matter unless it's a really fatty/oily/sugary etc. marinade, for a chicken breast, about 1 teaspoon, or 5g, would stick to the breast. Don't beat yourself up over a little seasoning
  • Sharon_C
    Sharon_C Posts: 2,132 Member
    I don't worry about it
  • Lord007
    Lord007 Posts: 338 Member
    Weigh the bag with the marinade, then weigh it again after you take the chicken out, divide the amount of the marinade that is gone by the number of chicken servings. (?)

    I mean, I guess it would matter to me if the marinade had lots of oil or sugar - otherwise I'd not worry about it a whole lot.

    ^This. Assuming you've created a recipe or logged all the ingredients in the marinade, first
  • murp4069
    murp4069 Posts: 494 Member
    I just log however much I actually put in the bag, even though I know most of it gets discarded. Most of my marinades don't have many calories anyway so in the scheme of an entire meal adding all that marinade to my calorie count doesn't add much. I prefer to overestimate my calories a bit than underestimate.

    If I were using a higher calorie marinade like BBQ sauce, I think @cmriverside has a great idea with weighing before and after.
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,182 Member
    To get an idea, look at the web site of a restaurant that offers a similar dish and see if they describe the nutrition of the marinated chicken.
  • rbfdac
    rbfdac Posts: 1,057 Member
    I don't log it at all.
  • sllm1
    sllm1 Posts: 2,114 Member
    I don't log marinades.
  • butterfli7o
    butterfli7o Posts: 1,319 Member
    This is what I thought. Thank you all.