50 Obscure Cooking Terms You've Probably Never Heard Before

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Cooking terms you've probably never heard of.  Take the quiz to test your culinary knowledge!

Cooking terms you've probably never heard of. Take the quiz to test your culinary knowledge!

Are you an expert in cooking terminology? Take this test to find out!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is it called when meat is covered and cooked in fats?
    • Wrapping
    • Covering
    • Barding
    • Sealing
  2. What is a stripper?
    • A tool to remove the outer covering of fruits and vegetables
    • A dancer in a club
  3. What do you do to a can of condensed frozen juice to make it drinkable?
    • Reconstitute it
    • Thaw it
  4. Do you cover food completely in water when poaching it?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. What is it called when a chicken is tied up to get ready to cook?
    • Tie up
    • Truss
    • Secure
    • Bind
  6. When you want thin, even slices what is the best kitchen tool to use?
    • Mandoline
    • Butcher knife
    • Butter knife
    • Steak knife
  7. In cooking, a fool is a...
    • Silly chef
    • Fruit and cream dessert
    • Dessert of fruit soaked in liquid
    • Vegetable casserole
  8. The shape of french fries is a good example of what kind of cutting technique?
    • Mince
    • Julienne
    • Chop
    • Baton
  9. If you want to stop the cooking process of vegetables after they have been removed from the heat you need to...
    • Put them in the refrigerator
    • Refresh them
    • Leave them on the counter
    • Eat them
  10. A good kitchen tool to use when making mashed potatoes is a...
    • Fork
    • Blender
    • Ricer
    • Spoon

Answer Key

  1. Barding
  2. A tool to remove the outer covering of fruits and vegetables
  3. Reconstitute it
  4. Yes
  5. Truss
  6. Mandoline
  7. Fruit and cream dessert
  8. Baton
  9. Refresh them
  10. Ricer

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 3 correct answers: Oops, you must not cook very much.

If you got between 4 and 6 correct answers: OK, but you probably don't cook fancy foods.

If you got between 7 and 8 correct answers: Not too bad, you know your way around the kitchen.

If you got 9 correct answers: Really good, you must be pretty kitchen savvy!

If you got 10 correct answers: Awesome, you must be a culinary school graduate!

Weird, Unknown and Obscure Cooking Terms

Do you think you know every cooking term there is to know? Are you just learning how to boil water? Whatever your kitchen knowledge may be, there are some cooking terms that you've probably never heard before.

I like to cook and I like to think I know a little bit about cooking, but when I was doing research for this article I was surprised at how many new things I learned.

On this list you'll find terms used for obscure cooking processes, as well as the equivalent of words you probably use every day.

Try out the quiz on the right before you read the list to test your culinary knowledge. You may think you're a cooking genius, but I bet some of these will stump you. Then, peruse the list of 50 words and see which ones you know.

Good luck on the quiz and have fun learning something new.


A bain-marie is a water bath used to control the temperature when baking custards and cheesecakes.


Barding is covering meat and cooking it in fats, like bacon, to keep the meat moist and infuse it with flavor.

French fries are the perfect example of the baton cutting technique.

French fries are the perfect example of the baton cutting technique.


Batons are evenly cut pieces of vegetables that are shaped like batons, usually about 1/4" width.

A good example of a baton is a french fry or a carrot stick.


Blanching is a method of preparing food for other uses by boiling it quickly. It can soften food, remove some of the saltiness, or aid in removing skin.

Bouquet Garni

A bouquet garni is a mix of herbs that are tied together in a small packet or bunch so they don't get mixed into a dish but still flavor it. Once the dish is done the herbs are easily removed from the pot.


Bruising food is the technique of tearing apart or gently crushing food items, usually herbs or vegetables, to bring out their full flavor.


Butterflying meat and seafood is splitting it down the middle without cutting it all the way through. This cutting method is commonly used with shrimp and meats.


To chiffonade is the cutting method of tightly rolling up greens or herb leaves, and cutting them into thin strips.


A cloche is a dome shaped bread baker. It helps the bread retain moisture while getting a nice crust during baking.


The technique of baking food in a sealed pot, like a dutch oven, to keep in all of the juices.


Coddling food, generally eggs, means to cook it very gently in water that is just below the boiling point.


Raspberry coulis ready to eat!

Raspberry coulis ready to eat!

A coulis is a strained fruit sauce made with raw or cooked fruit.


Deglazing is the method of using liquid to remove the stuck on bits of food from the bottom of a pan after cooking, and turning them into a sauce.


Dressing is the technique of flavoring a salad with a sauce, or preparing fish or game for cooking.


Emulsifying is mixing two liquids that usually don't mix, like oil and vinegar, and making one liquid.

En Croute

Some things are just better cooked en croute.

Some things are just better cooked en croute.

En croute is cooking ingredients in a crust, like a hand pie or beef wellington.

En Papillote

En papillote is cooking ingredients in paper. This method of cooking results in tender, flavorful dishes and is often used with seafood.


A fluted cake pan.

A fluted cake pan.

Fluting is a baking term and is the name for the decorative designs in pie crust edges or around the outside of a cake.

Fluted pans are ones that have patterns around the outside that the baked cake mimics.


A dessert made with fruit mixed into cream, pudding or whipped cream.


This is a grunt, but a grunt can also be a delicious fruit cobbler!

This is a grunt, but a grunt can also be a delicious fruit cobbler!


There are 2 surprisingly different definitions of grunts in cooking:

  1. Type of fish
  2. A type of fruit cobbler or pie


A macedoine is a mixture of chopped vegetables or chopped fruits in syrup.


Macerating is used with fruits and vegetables and is the process of softening it with liquid. It is the equivalent of marinating meats and poultry.


A mandoline is a slicer that can cut fruits and vegetables swiftly, thinly and evenly. It is useful for slicing large amounts of food.


A mezzaluna is a knife with two handles and a semi-circle blade. Both hands are needed to rock the knife back and forth and it's good for quickly chopping herbs.


A muddler is a tool used by bartenders to crush herbs and fruits in a glass before pouring liquids in.


Opaque is the stage during cooking seafood or chicken when the flesh just stops being translucent, but is not a dense solid color. The food is quite tender and, as long as the internal temperature meets the appropriate guidelines, is safe to eat.


Parboiling is partially boiling foods to prepare them for cooking. It may remove bad tastes, salt or other unwanted items in the food.


An illustration of a paring knife

An illustration of a paring knife

Paring is the technique to remove the very outside of a fruit or vegetable.


The term pearl is used in candy making. It represents the stage of cooking sugar when the syrup comes off of a metal spoon in drops.


The bitter soft stringy inside of citrus rind.


Plumping is the process of letting food soak up liquid and get larger in size.


Poaching food is cooking it completely submerged in liquid and not bringing it to a boil.


A ramekin is a small bowl shaped dish used to cook custards or cheese dishes.


A reamer is a handy kitchen tool.

A reamer is a handy kitchen tool.

A reamer is a tool to remove juice from citrus fruits.


Reconstituting food or frozen liquids is the process of adding water to bring condensed food, like soup, to it's former consistency.


Refreshing is the technique of pouring cold water on hot cooked vegetables to stop the cooking process.


Rendering is the process of cooking meats to obtain the fatty juices.


A ricer is a device used to mash potatoes or other soft foods. It has a cup with holes and a plunger type device that pushes the potatoes through the bottom.


A roux is a thickening agent for sauces, made from equal amounts of a fat and flour.


Commonly used when discussing citrus, sectioning is the process of removing the fruit from the membrane.


Shaving food means to cut it extremely thinly. A vegetable peeler can be used shave vegetables. To shave meat it's best to freeze it slightly so it's hard and then slice.


Shucking oysters.

Shucking oysters.

To shuck is to remove the inedible outer shell of a food item, like shellfish and corn.


A sieve is a sifter or strainer that is used to separate out the parts of a mixture that are not needed, like seeds or large chunks.


A stripper is a tool designed to remove the outer covering of various fruits and vegetables. There are strippers to remove long strips of citrus rinds and ones to remove corn from the cob.


Sweating is cooking cut vegetables before they are added to another dish. Sweating the vegetables brings out more flavor.


A tagine is a casserole dish with a cone shaped lid.

It is commonly used in Moroccan cooking.


Tempering is the technique of mixing cold and hot liquids gradually so the cold ingredients don't get ruined.



A toque is the tall white chef's hat.


Tying a up a chicken with string to ensure it does not fall apart during cooking.


Meringues and other foods weep when clear juices run out of them. Weeping can ruin the appearance and taste of certain foods.

Now That You Are an Expert...

Well, now that you are an expert in all things cooking related, get into the kitchen and make a fabulous meal.

You can poach a grunt, rice some potatoes, pare a pear, and have a fool for dessert. What could be better?


  • Darling, Jennifer Dorland, Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, 1st edition, "Cooking Basics", Des Moines, Iowa: Meredith Corporation, 2003
  • Ying, Mildred, The New Good Housekeeping Cookbook, 1st edition, "Cooking Basics", New York, NY: The Hearst Corporation, 1986
  • Becker, Ethan, Becker, Marion Rombauer, & Rombauer, Irma, The Joy of Cooking, New York, NY: Scribner, 1997

© 2014 Claudia Mitchell


Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2019:

Sorry, not familiar with that term. The only thing close is "Glatt" which refers to Kosher meat. Good luck.

Pat on June 16, 2019:

Looking for the meaning of the word 'glat' in a recipe.

Only thing I can find refers to meat, but this is in a cookie recipe.

I thought it might refer to the lard in the recipe, but the reference is to sift it with the flour - so has to be a dry ingredient.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 04, 2017:

LOL--Update: Retook the quiz without re-reading the article first, and did far better. Why? We now have staying with us for a while, my step-daughter, who is a Cordon Bleu trained chef! ;-)

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 02, 2017:

The quiz was really fun! I got them all, but I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 13, 2015:

Hi FatBoyThin - I'm glad you knew most of them. I learned a lot writing this hub. Hope you had fun reading. Thanks for stopping by.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on July 13, 2015:

I was surprised how many of these I knew - thought it was going to be a real puzzler!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 16, 2015:

Words are definitely fun stuff RTalloni! There are a lot of them that I knew by other names so it was fun to research this article and see how to stump myself! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 16, 2015:

Hi Barbara - It's amazing how many different cooking terms there are out there. Hope you try to make a coulis sometime. They are really good. Thanks so much for stopping by!

RTalloni on January 14, 2015:

This is proof that words are fun stuff. Enjoyed reading up on these cooking terms and finding that I was acquainted with half but must honestly say that I only really knew maybe a quarter of them. Some definitions I knew without knowing the correct term. Now I have the chance to learn them all, all in one nice neat hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 14, 2015:

Thanks so much Arachnea - I picked some up when writing this hub too!

BarbaraCasey on January 14, 2015:

I need to bookmark this page to keep up with the kids on MasterChef Junior. At least I now know what a coulis is. Thank you!

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on January 14, 2015:

Very interesting. Shared. I picked up a couple new terms as well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 14, 2015:

Hi Carb Diva - That is a good one and my mom had a spider. May just have to add that one to the list! Thanks for the word and for reading and commenting.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 12, 2015:

You missed the one I fooled my husband with a few years ago. As Christmas approached he asked what I wanted as a gift. I replied that I really would like to have a spider. ....he thought I was nuts until I explained that a spider is a large mesh dipper skimmer used in Asian cooking.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2014:

Hi Easy Exercise - Well I'm glad you learned something new. I know I did when I wrote this hub. Thanks for the support!

Kelly A Burnett from United States on December 08, 2014:


I just purchased three cookbooks and here I learned more in the few pages than in the hundreds of new pages I have added to my library. Five stars! Great hub! Voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 25, 2014:

Hi Carb Diva - This was a fun hub to write and I learned quite a few things while I was researching it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 24, 2014:

I thought I was pretty good in the kitchen, but you fooled even me on a few of these. Thanks for an interesting, informative hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 30, 2014:

I have sliced my finger a few times on my mandoline, but it definitely turns out lovely even slices. You can tell me your score, I'll keep it a secret (just kidding). Thanks for reading and commenting.

travmaj from australia on August 29, 2014:

Hi Glimmer Twin - Hmmm - well, I am not telling my score. One I was certain of was the Mandoline, not long since we purchased one and someone who lives here quickly mandolined his finger. Ouch!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2014:

60 isn't too bad tillsontitan - Thanks for reading and glad you liked the hub. It was a fun one to write and a little different for me. Thanks for the support too.

Mary Craig from New York on August 25, 2014:

I scored 60 on the test so I was feeling pretty good about myself till I read the rest of your hub. Lots of work put into this one with lots of new information absorbed! Great idea for a hub that was both fun and educational to read.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2014:

Hi ps - Thanks for the angels! I am definitely having fun stumping folks with some of these. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 21, 2014:

You were right ...I only knew 13 of these. Now I will learn the others and when I am on a Cooking show I can give you credit for my new found knowledge.

Angels are on the way to you ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 20, 2014:

Hi aviannovice - I did not know you cooked for a living. Then I'm glad I stumped you, even a little bit (just kidding). Thanks for stopping by!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 17, 2014:

Very nice material! Even though I cook for a living, I didn't know all of these!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 11, 2014:

DzyMsLizzy - My dad always made me poached eggs like that so that is what I thought it was too. It's interesting to see what terms people know and don't know. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the support and reading.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 10, 2014:

Interesting. I'm familiar with making a roux; I've used a mezzaluna before, but never knew what it was called. I have antique ones from the family; one is only single-bladed. They were used with a shallow wooden bowl, but mostly, we used them on mushrooms--especially dried and re-constituted ones--but with a chopping, not a rocking motion. Gosh--been doing it wrong all these years!! LOL I missed the question on poaching, because to me, a poached egg is cooked in a made-for-the-purpose pan that holds the eggs in a cup, suspended OVER the water, and it is the steam that cooks them. It's the only way I've ever had a poached egg. ;-)

Barding or Larding, I don't do, as I am a vegetarian, so I'm surprised I got the right answer there. However, even as a vegetarian, I have family members who fuss that, "It isn't Thanksgiving without turkey," so I do know how to truss a bird. :(

Voted up, interesting and useful.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 10, 2014:

Hi Teaches - I was in the mood to do something different so I'm happy you enjoyed it. That's so nice to hear. I had fun researching this one too. Thanks for commenting and reading.

Dianna Mendez on August 09, 2014:

I enjoyed this new post of yours, different but good. I knew some of the terms but most are quite foreign. They sound like names of characters in movies. Well done.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Glad you enjoyed it KoffeeKlatch Gals - 60% isn't bad. Next time you take a quiz like this you'll score 100% now that you've read this (LOL). Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Hi Miss Muse - I've made cheesecakes with and without a bain-marie and I did not see a difference although the one without did crack a little bit on the top. Good luck trying it out and thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

70% is pretty good vandynegl! There are some recipes that may be daunting because of some of the words, but hopefully this helps some folks out. Thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Hi tirelesstraveler - I bet it helped working for a caterer to know some of these terms. There are probably more that you may know because of that experience. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading Nyamache. I enjoyed writing this one and researching.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2014:

I love this hub. I can't believe how much I didn't know. I took the quiz and got a 60%

Christine Rogers from Ohio on August 08, 2014:

I like the Bain-Marie, haha, I've tried to make cheesecakes before and never used a Bain Marie for one...I should try it.

vandynegl from Ohio Valley on August 08, 2014:

These are great to know, especially when exploring some cookbooks and you have to pass on a recipe because you don't know the meaning of the words! I actually scored a 70% on the quiz, which was surprising!

Thanks for writing!

Judy Specht from California on August 08, 2014:

You got me on 11 or 12. Have worked with a caterer friend for many years.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on August 08, 2014:

This is an educational hub to learn some cooking terms. I only know a few of them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

So how many did you know tirelesstraveler? Did I stump you on a couple? Glad you stopped by to read. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Hi Nell - This hub is the perfect way to study up on terms and then impress your friends with a fancy dinner party. They'd be surprised. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Glad you liked it Bill. It was a little different for me, but fun. Now I need to go catch up with my hub reading after my summer hiatus. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 08, 2014:

Definitely cygnetbrown.

Judy Specht from California on August 07, 2014:

Fun to see how many I actually know. Nice work.

Nell Rose from England on August 07, 2014:

Well I have trouble figuring out what to cook, how to cook and making sure I don't burn it! lol! so cooking terms are totally beyond me!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 07, 2014:

Hi Glimmer. I only knew a handful of these terms. Guess that's why I don't do a lot of cooking. Thankfully my wife is a wonderful cook. Very interesting hub. Thanks for the education. Have a great weekend.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on August 07, 2014:

It could also have to do with the country of origin as well. For instance, did you know that poultry comes from the French, but the words hen come from Anglo-Saxon English?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

cygnetbrown - I was surprised when I did the research for this hub that there were so many words that I used other words for. I think a lot of the words are based on location. Southerners may know some of them, but not others, etc... Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi imtii - Thanks so much for the vote and for reading my hub. I'm glad you found it informative.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Ha Ha Ha someonewhoknow! I love it and I'm glad you added this great touch of humor to my hub. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Glad you found this hub useful Sami. Hope it helps in the kitchen and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi carrie Lee Night - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub so much and learned some new terms. Have fun trying some of them out and thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway - Thanks for all of the support! I love bacon grilled cheese sandwiches myself, so I'm with you on good non-fancy foods but you can always swing back to one of these terms if you want to impress a friend. I appreciate you stopping by!

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on August 07, 2014:

I knew several of these by name, but there were many more that I have used that I didn't know the name!

Imtiaz Ahmed from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 07, 2014:

I am not really a great fan of cooking but sometimes I have to make my food when there is no one to do that for me. And I never did know cooking like this exist. Though you made everything easy. I am giving you a uo vote :)

someonewhoknows from south and west of canada,north of ohio on August 07, 2014:

I "pity' the "Fool" because I hate "pits" in my "Fool" just a little cooking humor to lighten up the food! I mean mood.

Sami from Kansas on August 07, 2014:

Very useful! I'm a novice (aka nonexistent) chef, so I could use these when I fix family meals.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 07, 2014:

Great and useful hub! :). I consider myself an avid cook but half of these terms were fresh news to me :). Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed the read :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 07, 2014:

I liked this a lot. Some of the terms were Greek to me! I loved the quiz, and I think you have me pegged. I'm a good cook of non-fancy foods. When I was first married, I tried making all kinds of fancy meals, but my husband let me know that he was just fine with "bacon sammiches." I was so disappointed. Pinning this and sharing, too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Thanks Barbara - I thought I'd try something new with this hub. I'm glad you like the format. Hopefully lots of folks will enjoy it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi Mary - I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. I had a lot of fun writing it and learned a lot too. I also really appreciate all of the support and shares.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

I'm very impressed CyperShelley! You must be very knowledgeable around the kitchen. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Thanks so much for reading ChitrangadaSharan! I appreciate it and am happy that you enjoyed it. Thanks also for the vote!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

jellygator - Glad you like it and that you stopped by to read. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi MsDora - Isn't it funny how many of these terms have different words that we use commonly. I thought that was one of the most interesting things about writing this article. I'm happy you found it helpful. Enjoy your day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

DrBill-WmL-Smith - Well I'm impressed that you knew a couple of terms. Maybe there is another term for burnt toast. Glad you liked the hub and I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi Jackie - Well I'm glad I stumped you a little bit (just joking). It's amazing how many terms there are for things. Hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Thanks for reading and commenting incomeguru. I'm glad you found the hub interesting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Thanks purl3agony! I think it's pretty good that you knew half of them. Now just throw a dinner party for your friends and show off a little bit! Have a great day!

Barbara Badder from USA on August 07, 2014:

I like your use of the quiz. It makes the reader go down and read all of the terms. Great idea!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 07, 2014:

I took the quiz before I read the Hub! I was curious to see just how well I would do: I only scored 60%!! Guess I'm just an old fashioned cook. This is a fun and informational Hub. I enjoyed reading it very much!

Voted UP, etc. and shared! I'm Pinning to my Food board.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi Kaili - It took a little while to assemble, but I enjoyed it. It's different from what I normally write. Funny how so many of the terms are french. Glad you enjoyed that hub and thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting Hendrika. I'm impressed that you know most of them. You must know your way around a kitchen. Glad you liked the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi Kevin - Thanks so much for reading, pinning and taking the quiz (including answering my forum post). I cook a lot and didn't know many of these terms. Like you, I like using my slow cooker. Thanks again.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Glenn - I'm pleased you learned something from the hub and found it informative. I was fun for me to write. and now I can impress your friends with some fancy kitchen lingo. Thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Hi OldRoses - Glad I stumped you on a few (just kidding). I found quite a few that I was clueless on. Thanks for the vote and comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 07, 2014:

Paula - Owning a restaurant is a definite bonus for knowing these terms. I imagine that must have been extremely difficult work, but rewarding and I definitely know what you mean about a kitchen being closed till morning! Glad you liked the hub. It was a fun one to write. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Shelley Watson on August 07, 2014:

Enjoyed this informative article - there were only four things I didn't know - so I'm quite chuffed with myself. I do enjoy cooking though so that's probably why.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2014:

Interesting and informative hub!

We do perform most of these cooking procedures, without knowing the proper terms.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub! Voted up!

jellygator from USA on August 06, 2014:

Fun and educational. Thank you!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 06, 2014:

Educational and interesting! Thank you for sharing these terms--some of which we do without knowing the name of what we're doing.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 06, 2014:

Oh, my! I even burn the toast! My wife-watched Food Fighters the other day, and I heard one or two of those terms thrown around. Amazing I remembered hearing them. Anyway, thanks for sharing. A great reference! ;-)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 06, 2014:

I will have to be honest; there is more here I don't know than what I do know. Thanks for the lesson!

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on August 06, 2014:

Interesting hub! Sincerely, I've never heard of all these cooking terms before. Not common in Lagos, Nigeria. Voted up.

Donna Herron from USA on August 06, 2014:

I heard of about half of these, but have NEVER done ANY of them :) Thanks for clearing up a few mysteries for me!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on August 06, 2014:

Wow...what a great Hub! I knew most of these since French is my second language e.g. baton, bouquet garni. So interesting...must have taken you a while to pull it all together. Voted way up and more and tweeting.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on August 06, 2014:

Some interesting ones here, but I must say I knew most of them. Still, a few is completely new to me

The Examiner-1 on August 06, 2014:

This was both useful and amazing. When I took the quiz, as I went through it, even though I hardly cook, I began to think that I knew quite a few. At the end I was surprised to find out that I only had 20%! As I read the rest I found out why. I still will not cook much because I do not have the time for it. If anything, I will use the slow cooker or toaster oven. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.


Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 06, 2014:

I discovered how little I know about kitchen utensils and cooking terms. I only knew six of these. This was a great learning experience. Now, if I can only remember half of it.

Caren White on August 06, 2014:

Great hub! You're right, I did think that I knew every cooking term but there were a few in this hub that I didn't know. Thanks for the information. I love learning new things. Voted up.

Suzie from Carson City on August 06, 2014:

GTF....This is an interesting and "different" type of informational hub. Great idea too! I did know a majority of these terms. Has nothing to do with my skills or JOY for cooking (ugh!).....but growing up, my family had a popular restaurant. We ALL worked there....no choice involved. It was a great experience I must admit. We're all extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of the business.

At home, as a Mom who raised 4 boys......my favorite cooking term was always: "Kitchen Closed Til Morning.".....

Excellent Hub GTF.....You've informed a whole lot of people!!....Up+++

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 06, 2014:

Some of the words are so close in meaning and I also had never heard of barding before I wrote this hub. It was fun to research this one. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on August 06, 2014:

Interesting hub! I know most of these terms but had never heard of barding before. And I got the poaching question wrong, too. I think I was confusing it with braising.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 06, 2014:

Thanks Bill - I've been in a slump lately so I thought I'd shake things up a bit and try this. It was fun and you definitely need to study up on your cooking terminology LOL! Glad you stopped by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 06, 2014:

Well that was a bit different for you, but I liked it. I counted...I knew five of these. :) I guess I have some learning to do, eh? Thanks for the cooking education and I hope all is well in your world.


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