Ever wondered what the chefs were talking about in the food channel on televisions? You seem to have a clue sometimes but get lost most often because you didn’t just understand what they were talking on about. Well it couldn’t be easier than you think, most of these words are easily understandable, while some can be outright confusing.
Here are cooking terms you have to know:
This means heating a liquid till it boils or to cook a meal in boiling water.
This means using direct heat to cook.
Means to cover entire surface with a mixture such as flour or any other substance.
Means to use a sharp knife to remove the core/seeds of a fruit.
This means to stir one or more foods until they are soft.
This describes vegetables when they are cooked only until tender and remain slightly crisp in texture.
To cut in means to mix fat into dry ingredients using a pastry blender or fork with as little blending as possible until the fat is in small pieces.
To dice food means to cut into small, square-shaped pieces.
To marinate is to allow food to soak in liquid so as to increase flavor and tenderness.
To mince means to cut or chop food into small pieces.
To mix means to combine different ingredients using.
To oil food means to apply a thin layer of vegetable oil on a dish or pan.
To sauté means to cook in a small amount of fat or water.
To scald means to heat milk until bubbles appear on the surface.
To shred food means to rub foods against a grater to divide into small pieces.
Simmering food means to cook at a temperature that is just below the boiling point.
To steam food means to cook over boiling water.
Stir-fry is a method of cooking in which vegetables are fried quickly to a crisp-tender state while stirring constantly.
Stock is water in which vegetables or meat has been cooked.
To drain is to put food and liquid into a strainer, or to pour liquid out of a pot by keeping the lid slightly away from the edge of the pan and pouring away from you.
Folding means to mix by turning over and over.
Kneading a method of mixing by pushing and by folding with hands.
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