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Kids a Cookin'

Sandra Procter
Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Assistant Professor
Extension Specialist

Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
204 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Cooking Terms

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To cook by dry heat in an oven. When applied to meats and poultry, this cooking method is called roasting.


To brush or spoon a glaze, a sauce, or drippings over a food as it cooks, to add flavor and to help keep the surface moist.


Thin mixture of flour and water that can be poured into pan or onto griddle.


To agitate one or more ingredients rapidly using a brisk up-and-over motion to add air to a mixture. Or, use an electric mixer.


To cover with boiling water for a specific, brief time. A quick cold water rinse often follows the heat. Use to prevent spoilage during freezing, or to loosen skins for peeling.


To combine two or more ingredients thoroughly until they seem to be one.


To cook in liquid that is heated until bubbles rise to the surface and break. Bubbles form throughout the mixture.


To brown meat in a small amount of fat, then cook slowly in a covered container with a small amount of liquid.


To cook by direct heat next to an open flame or hot coals.


To give a cooked surface to a food (such as meat or flour) by applying high heat. Also occurs during baking and roasting.