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Examples of macerate in a Sentence
garnished with cherries that had been macerated in liqueur
Recent Examples of macerate from the Web
Shallots macerated in a little Sherry vinegar bring depth to the salsa verde.
Shed executive chef Perry Hoffman (whose mother happened to be a florist) has added julienned rose petals into a beet dish, made an ice cream with plum blossoms, and macerated fresh berries with rose geranium-infused sugar (see recipe).
This is particularly noticeable when macerating fresh fruit.
Flower pickers transport the harvest (sometimes by bicycle) to be macerated so the flavors can be extracted.
At once rustic and refined, the dessert starts with rhubarb stalks chopped into large pieces and slowly macerated with sugar to soften the texture and tame its astringency.
Put simply, bitters are a flavoring extract made by macerating different ingredients—often dried botanicals that can range anywhere from fruit to bark—in a mixture of alcohol and water.
Cover and transfer to refrigerator to macerate at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Set the fruit aside to macerate for about 10 minutes.
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Did You Know?
Macerate is derived from the Latin verb macerare, meaning "to soften" or "to steep." That meaning was borrowed into English in 1563. However, the first English use of "macerate" refers to the wasting away of flesh especially by fasting. That use manifested itself in 1547. A few other manifestations sprouted thereafter from the word's figurative branch (e.g., Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) once wrote of "a city so macerated with expectation"); however, those extensions wilted in time. Today, the "steeping" and "soaking" senses of "macerate" saturate culinary articles (as in "macerating fruit in liquor") as well as other writings (scientific ones, for instance: "the food is macerated in the gizzard" or "the wood is macerated in the solution").
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