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!
To sieve is to separate coarser liquids and solids. It is also used to reduce soft solids to a pulp.
Several types of meat are often served in fillet form. This meat usually comes from the lower loins of an animal.
Sous vide cooking generally takes upwards of seven hours. It's done by cooking food in a water or steam bath.
When marinating, foods such as meat, are typically left to soak in a liquid marinade for long periods of time. This is done to enhance flavor and moisture.
When chefs skim a liquid they're often removing scum or fat from the surface during cooking. This results in a purer product.
When braising a dish, first the food is browned using a high heat method. The cooking is then finished using a lower heat method in order to retain moisture in the dish.
Scalding occurs when a liquid is heated almost to a boil. One of the first things to happen are bubbles form around the edges.
Confit usually consists of duck legs slowly cooked in their own rendered fat. The cooking of confit happens around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blanching is usually done on fruits and vegetables. Its purpose is to preserve flavor.
Rouxs are typically used as thickening agents for gravys, stews, and sauces. They can be light or dark, depending on how long they are cooked.
Dredging happens when a wet food is rolled through a dry material. An even coating is preferred for even cooking.
When one adds to a finished dish in order to embellish or decorate it, it's called garnishing. This is sometimes done to add contrasting flavors.
Poaching occurs when a food is completely submerged in a heated liquid. It differs from boiling as it happens at a much lower temperature.
Scoring aids in the absorption of flavor. It also helps retain moisture.
Searing foods, such as meat, increases the flavor via caramelization. Searing is the first step in several other cooking methods, such as braising.
Whipping is generally done using a food mixer. Foods commonly whipped include egg whites and heavy cream.
The purpose of steeping is to release flavors. When we steep tea, we extract the flavor from the tea leaves into the water.
Basting helps to retain the natural flavor of meat. It is usually done using a baster.
Creaming is done when a soft and thick consistency is needed. This method is used in creating cake batter and cookie dough.
Al dente means to cook just long enough to be firm to the bite. It is Italian for "to the tooth."
The purpose of brining is to add or preserve flavor in food. It is also used as a way to preserve the shelf life of certain foods.
Caramelization occurs when sugar breaks down. This is also known as a Maillard reaction.
Bisque is of French origin. It is often created using seafood that is still good but not new enough to be served fresh.
Vegetables for garnish are oftentimes sliced using the julienne method. This involves slicing them into match size pieces.
To saute is to cook a food in a pan using fat. Butters and oils are often used.
Cheesecloth is a thin, loosely woven, cotton cloth used to make cheese. It is also sometimes used to protect food.
Zesting is done to remove the skin of the fruit. This is the part that contains the oils and aroma.
Maceration is usually done with fruits and vegetables. It is also used to infuse the flavor of the liquid into the fruit.
Brunoise is a knife cutting method in which the food is first julienned and then turned a quarter turn and diced again. Common foods used include carrots, leeks, and celery.
Render means to cook the fat out. This is done by slowly heating the fat until it melts.
Grating is done using a tool known as a grater. There are varying sizes of raised slots to create a variety of cuts.
Mise en place is one of the first terms taught in culinary school. It refers to having all of your ingredients ready to go and in place before you begin cooking.
When a food is pureed, it goes from a solid form to a more liquid consistency. This is achieved by methods such as blending.
Chiffonade is a cutting method in which leafy green vegetables, such as spinach or basil, are sliced into small ribbons. More often than not, these ribbons are then used to garnish soup.
Dry baking is used to keep pie crust from becoming soggy from a wet filling. It is also used when the filling of a pie has a shorter bake time than the crust.