For starters, the ingredients and other materials must be prepared ahead of time. Check also if there is any portion in the recipe that needs to be performed in advance and make sure to carry it out first. Make sure too that you like, or that you can eat, all the ingredients involved in your cooking recipe. Otherwise, find alternatives for them. Lastly, know how many people you will be serving. If the recipe says that the food produced after going through with it is not the same as the number you are catering to, then conversions are going to be needed.
As for basic cooking vocabulary, a few are as follows. To bake means to make use of an oven to cook. To beat is to do a quick and round effort with a mixer, whisk, spoon or fork, in order to fuse ingredients. To blend, on the other hand, is to use a gentle effort in mixing. Boiling means to heat any liquid until bubbles form, while broiling is heating something directly, and browning is to heat food until it turns into a dark color. Chopping, dicing and mincing are closely related as the first means to slice into small bits while the second means to slice into little cubes and the last means to slice into even tinier pieces tan the aforementioned. Draining and marinating are opposites. The former means to take away all the liquid while the latter means to immerse in liquid. To grate, is to make use of a grater in order to shred food. Greasing means to spread butter, margarine or oil over food. To knead is to smoothen dough by stretching and folding. To mash is to pound food using a masher, a spoon or a fork. Simmering is the same as low boiling; steaming is using steam to cook the food.
As you progress in the art of culinary, you will need to understand more terms and more techniques, but never fear because in this day and age, it is sure that the answers to your questions on cooking recipes are just a simple click away.
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