This page provides cooking definitions for cooking terms K L M and N.
Cooking Terms can be a little confusing so these definitions are provided for frequently used terms found in recipes and articles about cooking.
As with all dictionaries, the terms are alphabetized (I think ;-) )
Cooking Terms K L M and N : Learning the Language
Cooking Terminology: Words starting with "K"
kebab - small chucks of meat, fish, or shellfish
that are usually marinated before being skewered and grilled, broiled or
pan-fried (pieces of vegetables often are added to the skewer); also called
knead - to press and
fold dough in order to give it a smoother consistency needed for leavening
kosher salt - very
Cooking Terminology: Words starting with "L"
larding - putting strips of fat into pieces of
meat to help the braised meat stay moist and juicy during cooking
leaven - yeast: also
the process of whipping egg whites that produces air bubbles and causes the
rising of baked items
Cooking Terminology: Words starting with "M"
marble - to swirl or layer one food item into
another to create a ribbon effect when cooked and sliced
marinade - a liquid
sauce that is used to soften and flavor meats before cooking (most marinades
contain ingredients such as vinegar, oil, lemon, wine, beer, herbs and spices)
marinate - to cover a
food item with a liquid substance (see above)
medallion - a small
piece of meat (beef, chicken, pork, veal) lightly pounded into an oval or a
meringue - sweetened egg
whites beaten until stiff but light
mince - to chop into
very fine pieces
mirepoix - a mixture
of rough-cut or diced vegetables, herbs and spices used for flavoring
mise en place - a
French cooking term for having all your ingredients prepped and ready to use
before starting to cook (very important!)
mount - the addition
of small pieces of cold butter to a sauce as a finishing process
mull - heating wine,
cider, or juices with spices, citrus and sugar
Cooking Terminology: Words starting with "N"
nap - to cover a
food item with a thin, even layer of sauce
Nouvelle Cuisine - roughly translated - I can't believe I
paid ninety-six dollars and I'm still hungry. ;-)
Hopefully this cooking dictionary will prove helpful in your pursuit of cooking with confidence and style.
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