How Many Cooking Terms Do You Actually Know?

As much as we love eating, it's a must that we should admire cooking or at least try to, it's necessary for mankind survival plus it's fun, really fun. Until you read a recipe and get confused by all the words used even though you are a native speaker, but don't worry, chefs use a language peculiar to the kitchen. The culinary language is used to create recipes for the dishes you want to make. How many of these cooking terms do you know?

So, are you a master of culinary arts? Did you get your PhD from a culinary school? Or are you a culinary dropout in their way to be the next Gordon Ramsay? Do you eat, sleep and dream about food? Or you just spend all your spare time taking food quizzes and reading recipes? Then, surely this food quiz is for you!

We know for sure you are a Kitchen Expert, but can you prove yourself to be a Celebrity Chef? Take this quiz and put your culinary knowledge to the test!

Which of the following would the result look like when a chef juliennes a fruit or vegetable?
Coins
Matchsticks
Cubes
Crowns

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When potatoes or apples are peeled or sliced, they will turn brown immediately if not used. In order to prevent this from happening, the bits may be dipped in water mixed with lemon juice or white vinegar. What do we call this preventative measure?
Steeping
Acidulation
Blanching
Reconstituting

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Underripe fruits can be enhanced through maceration. What does macerate mean?
To soften by soaking or steeping in a liquid or with sugar
To leave on a sunny windowsill for several days
To chew
To warm briefly in a microwave oven

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Almost every kitchen is equipped with one paring knife. What is the meaning of "pare"?
To divide in half by cutting into two pieces
To remove the peeling or outer skin of a fruit or vegetables with a knife
To slice into thin strips
To remove the bones from meat or fish

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In a hectic kitchen, chefs must not show their temper. At the same time, tempering an egg is a desirable process. In the latter sense, what is the meaning of tempering?
To crack the eggs angrily
To slowly add a bit of a hot liquid to beaten eggs
To bake a whole egg in a moderate oven
To whip vigorously to incorporate air into eggs

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What should the cook do when a recipe guides them to pulse food?
Turn the blender or food processor on and off rapidly
Whip the food, pausing between each circular stroke
When cooking live food such as lobster, see if its heart is still beating
Mix the food by lifting and turning it until well combined

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What should you do with a bunch of basil handed to you by a chef asking you to prepare a chiffonade?
Puree them and then beat them with a whisk into a light foam.
Stack and then roll the leaves. Cut them into the thinnest possible strips.
Finely chop them. Mix them with water and sugar to produce a refreshing drink.
Deep-fry them until they are like thin crisp pieces of paper.

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What do we call this process? When the meat is browned in a pan, bits of caramelized juices remain in the pan, these may be dissolved in a liquid to form the basis for a sauce.
via MarkTraceur, Wikimedia Commons
Sweating
Infusion
Deglazing
Steeping

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What does “blanch” mean as a culinary term?

To coat food with white breadcrumbs before frying or baking
To restore a dehydrated food by soaking it in water or other liquid
To partially cook food in steam or boiling water and then plunge it in ice water
To quickly fry food in a bit of fat in an open pan over high heat

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When vinegar or citrus juice is whisked into oil to form a thickened liquid, what do we call the result combination of ingredients?
A cream
A glaze
A puree
An emulsion

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