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Familiarizing with some cooking terms

Written By Helen Nneka Okpala on Monday, 10 April 2017 | April 10, 2017


Have you ever wished to prepare a dish from a recipe book but found it difficult and tasking to complete the task simply because you were unfamiliar with the cooking terms used in such a book? Definitely, this happens to everyone in the kitchen once in a while. Most people use ‘cook’ for eggs instead of ‘boil’. These and more, are common mistakes people make in the kitchen. But the best way to really conquer this situation is to look up those unfamiliar terms in a dictionary or glossary. Here are some terms you may wish to learn about. The link is also provided for further reading....Read more>>>

Bake: To cook food in an oven, surrounded with dry heat; called roasting when applied to meat or poultry.
Barbecue: To cook foods on a rack or a spit over coals.
Batter: An uncooked pourable mixture usually made up of flour, a liquid, and other ingredients.
Beat: To stir rapidly to make a mixture smooth, using a whisk, spoon, or mixer.
Blanch: To cook briefly in boiling water to seal in flavor and color; usually used for vegetables or fruit, to prepare for freezing, and to ease skin removal.
Blend: To thoroughly combine 2 or more ingredients, either by hand with a whisk or spoon, or with a mixer.
Boil: To cook in bubbling water that has reached 212 degrees F.
Dice: To cut food into very small (1/8-to 1/4-inch) cubes.
Marinate: To soak in a flavored liquid; usually refers to meat, poultry, or fish.
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About Helen Nneka Okpala

Hello! My name is Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke), and you are welcome to my blog. I love cooking food as much as I enjoy the eating. I am Igbo by tribe, and fell in love with cooking when I was in my teens. Meanwhile, I am a graduate of Botany/Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. You can reach out to me here: helenzfood@gmail.com. Twitter: @helensfood