Children often fail to understand the effort that goes behind preparing their favorite dishes.
It is a good idea to get your little chef involved in cooking with you to value the home cooked food. Just before you start trying a hand at one of your favorite dishes, acquaint them with few commonly used terms while cooking for a smooth and happy experience.
• Bake – To cook something in an oven
• Batter –A mixture of water with different types of flour that acts as raw material to cake, waffles or any other foods that needs to be baked later on.
• Blanch – To boil in water and later rinse it with cold water for future storage. Helps in preserving color and texture.
• Blend – Thoroughly mixing two or more ingredients.
• Caramelize – Cooking sugar granules in a pan until it turns brown and transforms into nutty texture
• Coat – To cover with a layer of something
• Crumble – To break into small pieces by rubbing with hands
• Deseed – Removing seeds from a fruit or vegetable
• Dice – Cut into small cubes
• Dilute – Adding water or any liquid to loosen the consistency of any food , usually batter
• Dough – Combining any flour with water to make it thick like clay
• Drizzle – Pouring very little quantity over a dish
• Fry – To cook food in oil or any fatty medium.
• Garnish – To decorate the food by adding a finishing touch
• Grate – Reduce into scraped bits by pressing against a grater
• Grease –To coat some fatty medium like oil or butter so that food does not stick to the utensil
• Grill – Direct and intense heat applied to the food through a surface
• Grind – Crushing the food into powder form using a grinder or a mixie usually
• Julienne – Thin long strips of any solid food material
• Knead – To push, roll , fold the dough repeatedly until smooth
• Marinate – To soak the food in any mixture for infusion of its flavors into the food.
• Mince – Chop into very fine pieces
• Moisten – To dampen any food item with liquid
• Poach – To cook over boiling water usually without removing the shell
• Puree – Making smooth paste or liquidize
• Roast – To bake openly without cover usually.
• Sauté – Cooked in little fat like oil or butter in a pan
• Sear – To quickly brown the surface of food on high heat
• Season – To enhance the flavor of food by adding herbs or spices
• Stew – Cook in liquid below boiling point
• Stir fry – To cook food in some oil or butter by continuously stirring it in the utensil
• Strain – Separate the solid pieces from a liquid sauce pouring it through a porous utensil
• Toss – Mixing ingredients by slightly lifting and dropping the pan
• Whip – To beat fast and mix air
• Whisk – Combining all ingredients together
When helping in the kitchen, children get exposed to various textures and processes. It is a great opportunity to explore and observe various changes. They also feel involved and valued when you appreciate their little help. So, chef hats ready?