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Cooking 101: Basic Cooking Terms


Cooking 101- Basic Cooking Terms | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

I’ll be starting a new series here on the blog entitled Cooking 101 which will feature some easy to follow kitchen tips and terminology for the beginning home cook. Now I know many of you will probably know most of these things already; however, if you’re like me and have a daughter, son, niece, nephew, grandchild (ok you get the picture) that is living on their own for the first time, I hope you’ll pass this information along to them.

You see what you and I take for granted and what comes natural to us after many years of cooking, does not necessarily mean our youth has learned these things no matter what household they came from.  In my case, my oldest rarely wanted to be in the kitchen while I was cooking, yet she must have picked up quite a lot through osmosis or something because so far she’s been doing great cooking for herself on her own.

This brings us to today’s infographic for Cooking 101: Basic Cooking Terms. My mother sent my daughter and her roommates a box of Omaha steaks recently as a care package. BTW, Mom if you’re reading this, I only got cookies when I was in college…I guess I know where I rank! 🙂

Anyway, for four struggling college students living on their own for the first time, they were thrilled, no more like ECSTATIC to eat something other than chicken and salad which has become a staple. But when it came time to cook the filet mignon, they weren’t quite sure which was the best way.  They did have the inclination to know that it shouldn’t be baked and decided to broil it instead and said it was delicious, so I thought a little explanation on some basic cooking terms might help them out in the near future so they can expand their repertoire.

Here are some recipe examples for the following cooking methods:

Braise (also for stews)

Fry (deep frying, stir frying)






What is your favorite cooking method?


  1. Mom
    September 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Did you forget about the boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese that we’re waiting in the cabinet for you to take back to school? And Ramin Noodles?

  2. Beverley
    September 13, 2014 at 4:55 am - Reply

    I like what you’re doing with this new feature a lot. I think it will also help us English understand American terminology more. Thank you and have great weekend xoxi

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