ten·​der·​ize | \ ˈten-də-ˌrīz How to pronounce tenderize (audio) \
tenderized; tenderizing

Definition of tenderize

transitive verb

: to make (meat or meat products) tender by applying a process or substance that breaks down connective tissue

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Other Words from tenderize

tenderization \ ˌten-​d(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce tenderization (audio) \ noun
tenderizer \ ˈten-​də-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce tenderizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of tenderize in a Sentence

The marinade helps to tenderize the meat.
Recent Examples on the Web The process tenderizes and tames the otherwise chewy texture of heart, but retains all of the meat juices in a single, delicious cutlet. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Cooking and Eating Venison Offal," 25 Nov. 2019 First, the saltwater tenderizes the bird by penetrating the muscle tissue and loosening the fibers. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Ways to Brine a Turkey," 10 Jan. 2020 But any cook can tell you that salt is needed before cooking to tenderize steaks and give them flavor. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Hot and bothered at Black Rock in Fort Lauderdale, home of DIY steaks and mystery drink prices," 11 Sep. 2019 The collision must sound like someone smashing Fritos while meat is being tenderized with sledge hammers. Stephen Hunter, National Review, "Baseball Plays at the Plate," 22 Aug. 2019 As meat ages, water evaporates, fats oxidize, the umami taste increases; and most of all, enzymes break down the muscle tissue, tenderizing it. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Regal dining at Feng Chophouse in Hartford (but for a king’s ransom)," 8 Aug. 2019 When the time comes, these ultra-luxe turkeys are hand-plucked, then hung like gamebirds for about a week, which serves to concentrate flavor and tenderize the meat, already succulent with a generous marbling of intramuscular fat. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Room temperature meat allows the salt and pepper to break into that exterior shell, acting as a tenderizing agent as well as deepening flavor. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of tenderize

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenderize

tender entry 1 + -ize

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16 Feb 2020

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“Tenderize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderize. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tenderize

: to make (meat) softer before cooking it so that it is easier to cut and eat

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