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homemade marinades can be fun!
there are only few basic things you need in a marinade -
you need something to tenderize - which can be something acidic like a vinegar or citrus juice or worcestershire sauce or the like, or something like milk or yogurt for pork and lamb.
something salty or sweet or both - honey, brown sugar, marmalade or preserves, maple syrup, etc even ketchup.
spices - simple like salt and pepper, or garlic, chives, basil, ginger, cardamom, cumin etc
you can put oil in marinades as well.
in fact you can JUST marinate in oil and spices.
what choose will depend alot on the meat, and what kind of cuisine you're looking for.
Pork can be marinated in just milk and salt for a few hours prior to cooking.
Salmon is great with olive oil, crushed garlic and balsamic vinegar - and because it's fish, you don't really need to marinate for long.
BEst thing for it is to scan some cuisines you like and look at the spices they use - if you are fond of italian cuisine, a great marinade for chicken is olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, balsamic.
If you like sweeter marinades, i use this one for baked chicken:
honey, olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, salt, pepper, rosemary.
hope that helps a little! happy marinating!