Many of us are familiar with the powdered meat tenderizer available at the grocery store, however if you want to ditch pre-made stuff it's easy enough to make at home. Plus you'll be surprised to find that a little extra time in the kitchen goes along way for the quality of your meal.

Step 1: Preparing the meat tenderizer.

Mix all ingredients together. You can play around with ratios and mixtures, to determine which ingredients you prefer. Different ingredients will work better with different meats.

Tip: The first common mistake people make with using meat tenderizers is not adding liquid to help soften the meat. It's important to use a meat tenderizing powdered formula in conjunction with a liquid or oil. Vinegar and lemon will help to tenderize the meat, but if you're cooking with pork, try pineapple juice. Remember, the longer you marinate the meat, the more tender it will be. Allow it to soak for at least 3 to 4 hours.

Step 2: Prepare the meat.

For thick steaks, poke the meat deeply and thoroughly with a fork, then pound it out with a meat pounder. Sprinkle on meat tenderizer, and soak it in the liquid.

Step 3: Marinate & Refrigerate

After you've prepared your meat tenderizer, and you've got it soaking in a good mixture of liquid and seasonings, cover the meat in a bowl and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Avoid leaving meat sitting at room-temperatures to avoid bacterial growth.

Step 4: Drain & Cook

Drain the liquid just before it's time to cook your meat. Cook immediately to the correct temperature, and serve hot.