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Basic Cooking Terms

Subject : cooking
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1. To cut food into pieces about 1/2' square on all sides (There is small 1/4' - medium 1/2' - and large 3/4' cube)

2. To brush or pour liquid over food as it cooks to keep it moist

3. To cook in the steam generated by boiling water.

4. To cook food in a large amount of fat

5. To beat rapidly to introduce air bubbles into food. Applied to cream - eggs - and gelatin.

6. To place a coating over a food - such as bread crumbs or cracker crumbs

7. To work dough with the 'heel' of the hands - using a pressing motion - accompanied by folding and stretching until smooth and elastic.

8. To beat sugar and fat together until fluffy

9. To mix ingredients lightly without mashing or crushing them.

10. To mix ingredients by gently turning one part over another with a spatula

11. To lower the temperature of a food - usually to room temperature

12. To add salt - pepper - or other substances to food to enhance flavor.

13. To bake - dry - or toast a food until the surface is brown.

14. To heat a solid food - such as butter - until it becomes a liquid

15. To mix by using circular motion - going around and around until blended

16. To soak a food in a sauce before cooking to make it more tender or flavorful

17. To cook below the boiling point - bubbles form slowly and break on the surface.

18. To put dry ingredients through a strainer / sifter to break up lumps and mix thoroughly

19. To cut food into long - thin - match-like strips

20. To prepare food by applying heat in any form.

21. To cook in water or liquid in Which bubbles rise continually and break on surface

22. To cut into very small cubes.

23. To refrigerate a food until it is completely cold

24. To flatten to a desired thickness by using a rolling pin.

25. To cook by dry heat usually in an oven

26. To remove or strip off the skin or rind of some fruits and vegetables.

27. To rub or spray fat on the surface of a cooking utensil or on the food itself

28. To coat food with butter - margarine - or egg - using a small brush.

29. To cut fat into flour with two knives or pastry blender until it is distributed in small particles throughout the mixture.

30. To roast meat slowly on a spit rack or rack over heat - basting frequently with a seasoned sauce.

31. To sprinkle or coat with a powdered a powdered substance - usually with crumbs or seasonings.

32. To mix two or more ingredients together until well combined.

33. To bring a heating unit - like an oven - to a certain temperature

34. To make mixture smooth by lifting it over and over quickly with a big beating stroke or to incorporate air through the mixture.

35. To cut or chop food as finely as possible.

36. To even off dry ingredients using a flat spatula

37. To cook over - under - or in front of hot coals or a gas or electric burner - or other form of direct heat.

38. To cut into small pieces.

39. To ornament food - usually with another colorful food - before serving to add eye appeal.

40. To cook meat - poultry - or vegetables in the oven with dry heat

41. To cook in a small amount of fat - like mushrooms or onion

42. To combine 2 or more ingredients by beating or stirring into one mass

43. To finely divide food in various sizes by rubbing it on a grater with sharp projections.