I always wanted to be a chef. Even when I was enjoying the grind of a 9-5 office life, I was always, deep down, thinking and dreaming about cooking. I spent my spare time watching the Food Network, reading cookbooks and food blogs, and experimenting with every ingredient I could find.
Before I (finally!) went to culinary school, I started by asking Google when I didn’t understand what to do at each step of a recipe. What exactly did a recipe mean by poach? What really was the difference between a mince and a chop? An ice bath…what?
Building up my understanding of common cooking terms was part of my transformation from home cook to professional chef. But you don’t have to dedicate your life to the kitchen to be a great cook! What you really need is to understand what the terms in the recipe mean so you can confidently execute the steps.
So whether you’re a seasoned chef or just catching the cooking bug, let’s take a look at some cooking terms everyone needs to master. Before you know it, you’ll be cooking (and talking) like a pro! But if you still make a few mistakes, here’s how to fix your most common kitchen disasters.