It took God 19 years to bring to market a better way to marinate big pieces of meat, reports Jack Hitt in The New York Times (10/19/13). At least, that’s more or less the way Mary Hunter tells the story of Mary’s Marinating Stick, which she says God invented in 1994, she developed, and is now poised to go on sale at Target Stores. "I was writing down some recipes and God said to me that I should take that ink pen and stick holes all through it and put a clip on one side so that you can open it," Mary explains. The result is a device that "introduces flavors" to meat. (image)
The gadget is said to mark the first real improvement in meat marinating technology in "almost 200 years." Most previous efforts involved injectors, but the problem "with shooting liquid spices into meat is that they tend to pool at the point of insertion, later revealing an odd circle of green in your sliced roast." Mary’s Marinating Stick instead simply holds "spices and aromatics" while allowing "enough flow to permit juices to move in and out." It was perfected with the help of industrial designer David Smith of the University of Illinois.
Both David and Mary are congregants at the Yes Lord Church in Gary, Indiania, and David also credits God as his co-designer: "I’m sitting there in Mary’s dining room, when God showed me an old commercial for the Maxwell House percolator." After 20 failed prototypes, David’s memory of the old TV spot provided the breakthrough. However, it wasn’t until Mary’s appearance last year on Invention Hunters, a TV show, that she got Target’s attention. The innovation is now available in Chef’s catalog, too, and Mary has also "created a sales force out of her church" to help spread the word.