Four Kitchen Terms Every Cook Should Know

Knowing the particulars of a recipe before you start cooking ensures that the end result is both pretty and tasty. So you should beef up on your cooking terminology if you want to create a perfect product every time. Here are four must-know kitchen terms to keep in mind:

1) Bias-slice. A cutting term, to cut food on a bias means to cut at a 45-degree angle.

2) Crimp. Pie crusts get their wavy shape by 'crimping' which means to pinch dough together with your fingertips or a fork along the edges.

3) Braise. Tougher cuts of meat might require braising, which means cooking slowly with a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan.

4) Sear. You can seal in the juices and flavor of a cut of meat by quickly searing it on both sides. Heat a pan to scorching and then place each side of the meat on the surface until it cooks all the way through.

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Culinary Terms: Food Dictionary and Glossary of Cooking Terms [Culinary Arts at About.com]

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