Learning Common Cooking Terms at Our Apartments in Mount Dora, FL
Have you ever run across a word in a recipe that you did not understand? And how many times did that make you avoid trying a new dish, in favor for something easier? There are many common cooking terms that are mentioned in countless recipes that can intimidate you from trying it. Whether it’s a word you’ve heard but don’t understood the meaning of, or a new word you’ve never seen before, these cooking terms are usually pretty easy to follow in a recipe once you have a basic grasp of them.
Here are some common cooking terms you may see in a recipe:
• Al dente – Pasta that is cooked tender, but is slightly firm (this term also can be used to describe vegetables that are cooked until they’re still firm to the bite)
• Emulsify – The process of mixing two or more liquids together that do not usually mix well, such as oil and vinegar
• Caramelize – Browning of sugar, which results in a nutty flavor and a brown color
• Pickling – Preserving of food by steeping it in a brine of vinegar
• Searing – The browning or caramelizing of a food’s surface by using direct heat
• Whip – To beat ingredients vigorously to incorporate air which makes the mixture frothy
• Baste – To brush liquid fat or juices over meat during roasting
• Dredge – To sprinkle lightly or evenly with flour or sugar
Hopefully, learning these terms will help you the next time you want to cook a new recipe but run across a word you don’t know. The great thing about making new dishes is that not only do you get to experience new foods and flavors, but you may also learn new words and ways of cooking.
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