For mess-free marinating, place poultry, meat, or fish in a large, zip-top plastic bag. Add the marinade, and seal the bag. Turn the bag a few times to completely coat the food. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate according the recipe directions. You may want to turn the bag a few times during the marinating period.
After the food has marinated, remove it from the bag, and discard the bag. To avoid cross-contamination, don’t use the marinade that has come in contact with raw poultry, meat or fish for basting unless you cook the marinade first.