To be honest with you,when I first started to watch TV shows about food and I hear the chefs say stuff like “Saute” or “Marinate” I am usually so confused about what they are saying. I don’t want you to suffer the same confusion so I’ll be sharing some basic cooking terms and their meaning.
Beat: Make a smooth mixture by stirring vigorously with a fork, spoon , whisk or electric mixer.
Blend: Mix or stir two or more ingredients together to make a smooth mixture.
Boil: Cook a liquid over high heat until bubbles rise to the surface.
Broil: Cook under ‘Broiler’ in the oven.
Chop: Cut into pieces with a sharp knife.
Coat: Cover or roll food in another ingredient.
Dice: Cut into very small squares.
Drain: Pour off or strain liquid from food.
Fold: Mix gently into a rubber scrapper or spoon by lifting the bottom of the mixture outward and over the top.
Fry: Cook in an open skillet with oil.
Garnish: Decorate food with colourful additions such as parsley or fruit.
Grate: Rub food against a grater to make very small bit.
Grill: Broil under high heat or over hot coals.
Knead: Work dough by pressing and folding it with hands.
Marinate: Let food soak in a flavourful liquid.
Mince: Chop or cut into very tiny pieces.
Mix: Combine two or more ingredients together until well blended.
Pinch: A small amount of seasoning that you can hold between your thumb and forefinger.
Puree: Process or grind food into small pulp in a food processor or blender.
Sift: To pass flour or other dry ingredients through a sieve or sifter before measuring.
Saute: Cook in a skillet over medium heat while stirring constantly.
Season: Flavour food by sprinkling with herbs and spices.
Separate: Remove egg yolk from egg white before cooking.
Shred: Cut into very tiny strips.
Simmer: Cook slowly at a low heat.
Stir: Mix with a spoon in a circular motion.
Toss: Mix food by lifting gently with salad tongs or two spoons.
Whisk: Beat or stir food wit a wire “whisk”.