BASIC COOKING TERMS & TIPS
This cooking term actually means “to the tooth” and usually refers to pasta. When cooking something al dente, the finished product should have a little resistance to it instead of a soft consistency when you bite into it. It doesn’t mean to undercook though, so if you test it and there’s still a hard center, keep cooking and check again in a few minutes.
When you cook something in a liquid, a recipe might call for you to boil it. To make sure it’s boiling, look for large bubbles that rise to the top and make the surface quiver. Pressed for time? Cooking Tip: Add some salt to the water and it will boil faster.
This cooking term refers to dropping food like fruits and vegetables into boiling water for a short period of time, from a few seconds to a few minutes. The food is then immediately placed into a bowl of ice to stop the cooking process.
You can use this cooking technique on meat or veggies. First, brown your food in pan with butter or oil, then cook it in a covered pot at low heat for the amount of time specified in your recipe.
To broil, expose food to direct heat by using the broiler (located under a gas or electric range), or by cooking in an electric broiler, or over an open fire.
This refers to slicing something into pieces, generally in cubes, with a knife.
Nine times out of ten, you will read this word in association with garlic. Mincing means to chop into very small pieces. Feeling lazy? Cooking Tip: Cheat a little and use a garlic press instead.
Does anyone know a good way to tell if meat is done cooking, beyond just cutting it in a million pieces to make sure nothing's raw (which is what I do now... makes for terrible presentation when I have dinner parties.) :)
|Alliekat03 -- los angeles|
You could buy a meat thermometer. They aren't too expensive, and all you have to do is poke it into the meat, which is much easier and makes for better presentation.