If you are just starting your cooking adventures or if you are a seasoned seasoning queen, there are some must know terms for everyone.
This short and concise list can help make recipes more clear so you know exactly what cooking terms are being used. You can just stop winging it or burning it! Don’t wait and try them out soon!
- Au gratin- Topped with crumbs and/or cheese and browned in oven or under broiler
- Au jus- Served in its own juices
- Fold- To incorporate a delicate substance, such as whipped cream or beaten egg whites, into another substance without releasing all the bubbles. Use the spatula to gently bring part of the mixture from the bottom of the bowl to the top. Repeat this process, slowly rotating the bowl, until the ingredients are thoroughly blended before cooking.
- Julienne- To cut or slice vegetables, fruits or cheeses into match shaped slivers.
- Marinate- To allow food to stand in a liquid in order to tenderize or add flavor when cooking.
- Mince-To chop food into very small pieces.
- Puree’- To mash foods by hand by rubbing through a sieve or food mill, or by whirling in a blender or food processor until perfectly smooth.
- Saute’- To cook and/or brown food in a small quantity of hot shortening or butter.
- Simmer-To cook in liquid just below the boiling point. The surface of the liquid should be barely moving.
- Whip- To beat rapidly in order to incorporate air and produce expansion, as in heavy cream or egg whites.
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