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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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 brine will penetrate the meat, tenderizing it and impart flavor. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Ways to Brine a Turkey," 10 Jan. 2020 The lemon juice was clutch in tenderizing the chicken and keeping it from getting tough when cooked, all the while bringing some brightness and zippy, zingy flavor to a dish typically associated with anything but. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "How Molly Baz Developed BA’s Best Chicken Parm—and Lived to Tell the Tale," 1 May 2020 In this version, chicken thighs get good oomph from a sour-cream marinade that also tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Cooking in Quarantine: Mustard Chicken With Crispy Rice," 24 Apr. 2020 First, natural enzymes break down connective tissue, effectively tenderizing the meat. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "How Long Should You Age Venison?," 6 Apr. 2020 Smaller vegetable ingredients, however, can be seared and tenderized at the same time. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Chinese restaurants channel wok hei," 22 Jan. 2020 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

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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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24 May 2020

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“Tenderize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderize. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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