Quiz: How Well Do You Know Cooking Terminology?
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How Well Do You Know Cooking Terminology?
By: Becky
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About This Quiz

Do you fancy yourself the next Gordan Ramsey, Michael Symon, or Paula Deen? Do you enjoy preparing different types of meals using different cooking techniques?  Do you know how to cook so well that you could teach it? Well then, this quiz is for you! 

A majority of kitchen users understand how to boil water and fry an egg, but many who don't have a lot of experience cooking may become confused at terminology they don't recognize. There are many different tools, methods, and ingredients that are used in cooking. In order to fully comprehend recipes and techniques, you need to understand basic and commonly used cooking terminology. For example, those who are cooking pros generally know that to scald means to bring a liquid to a temperature just below the boiling point. They also know the definition for the term marinate, which means to enhance the flavor and moisture of a meat, fruit, or vegetable by soaking it in a mixture that is referred to as a marinade. 

This quiz will test the knowledge you have when it comes to cooking terminology. Take this quiz to find out if you have what it takes to name terms and techniques like a five-star chef!



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Which is a technique in which you separate the liquid and solid parts of a dish?
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What is the term for the definition "to cut and remove the bones from a piece of meat, poultry, or fish"?
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What is a practice of treating food by partial cooking followed by vacuum-sealing and chilling?
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What do cooks do when they enhance the flavor and moisture of a meat, fruit, or vegetable by soaking them in a mixture?
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What is it called when one removes a substance from the surface of a liquid?
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Which of the following is a cooking method that combines searing the food at high temperature, then finishing it in a covered pot at low temperature?
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What is it called when one brings a liquid to a temperature just below the boiling point?
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What is the name for dish with duck cooked in its own fat?
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What is it called when an individual submerges a food in boiling water for a moment, then removes and submerges it in ice water?
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What is a thickening agent made of equal parts fat and flour?
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What is it called when one coats a piece of food in flour or breadcrumbs before cooking it?
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What is the word for decorating or embellishing food?
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What is a moist-heat cooking method that involves cooking by submerging food in a liquid?
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What is it called to make shallow cuts in the surface of a food?
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What is the definition of cooking food at a high temperature until a caramelized crust forms?
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What is the process of beating an ingredient vigorously to incorporate air?
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What is it called to soak in a liquid just under the boiling point to extract the essence?
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Which of the following is a cooking method used to prepare meat with either its own juices or some type of marinade?
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What is it called when you soften a fat by beating it at room temperature?
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What is the definition of a food that has been cooked but is still firm when bitten?
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What is it called when you soak or saturate a food in salty water?
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Which of the following is the term used to describe cooking a food until it becomes brown and/or sweet?
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What is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup?
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What is it called to cut food into short, thin strips?
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What is a term used to describe cooking/browning food in a small amount of fat?
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What is a thin piece of fabric, originally used for wrapping cheese?
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What is it called when someone cuts the colorful part of the skin of a citrus?
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What is the term for softening or breaking up fruit using a liquid?
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What is the term for a slicing method that produces a 1/8-inch dice?
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What is it called when a solid fat is melted?
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What is the process of breaking solid, firm food items into small pieces by rubbing them against an instrument?
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Which of the following is a French culinary phrase meaning "everything in its place"?
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What is the term for a paste or thick liquid blended from a cooked food?
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What is the term for shredding or finely cutting leafy greens to use as a garnish for soup?
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What is it called when someone bakes a pie crust without the filling?
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