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Cooking with kids: key terms 1 (a – k)

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Cooking with your children or grandchildren can be a great way to bond with them and to teach them independence and responsibility.

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This is the first of a series of articles of terms you should teach your kids as you cook together. It could save you much time and frustration in the future.

This first set of terms will deal with kitchen tools often needed when one cooks. These definitions are taken from The Math Chef by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond.

baking pan – Square or rectangular pan used for baking and cooking foods in the oven. The most common sizes are 9” x 13” and 8” square.

biscuit cutter – A round outline, usually made from metal, used to cut biscuits from dough.

colander – Large perforated bowl used for rinsing food and draining pasta or other foods.

cookie sheet – Large rectangular pan with no sides or half-inch sides, used for baking cookies and other foods.

cutting board – Made from wood or plastic; provides a surface on which to cut foods.

electric blender – Glass or plastic cylinder with a rotating blade at the bottom. It has different speeds and is used for mixing, blending, grinding, and pureeing.

electric mixer – Two beaters that rotate to mix ingredients together. Used for mashed potatoes, cake batters and other mixing job.

grater – Metal surface with sharp-edged holes used for shredding and grating foods such as vegetables and cheese.

knives –

  • paring knife – Knife with a small pointed blade used for trimming and paring vegetables and fruits and other cutting jobs that do not require a large knife.
  • peeler – Handheld tool that removes the peel from fruits and vegetables.
  • sandwich spreader – Knife with a dull blade designed to spread fillings on bread.
  • table knife – Knife used as a utensil at the table.


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