How Can You Be So Heartless? 50 Cooking Terms that Hurt

Whip, grill, beat, debone – did you do these to your food as you prepared your Christmas dinner or your New Year’s feast or even your regular meals? Has it ever occurred to you that you treat your food so harshly when you cook them? What if these cooking terms were applied to you, wouldn’t you be hurt too? You might even get maimed or killed by the violence indicated in some of these terms!

Consider the following terms as you cook eggs.

What You Do to Eggs

Crack, beat, whip, boil, poach, fry, scramble are some of the many things that you do to eggs when you cook them. Then you also slice them after they have been hard boiled. Can you imagine that? Just look at how these actions are described or explained:

1. Crack - split or snap apart sharply or separate into parts with suddenness or violence. How violent can you get?

2. Beat – stir or agitate rapidly in circular motion

3. Whip – beat rapidly using a wire whisk or a mixer to make ingredients like egg whites fluffy

Beating
Beating

4. Boil – heat up in water until liquid bubbles vigorously over the surface

5. Fry – cook in hot oil. Have you ever experienced getting splatters of hot oil? Do you remember the burnt marks?

6. Poach – submerge and cook slowly in simmering liquid like water, broth or milk

7. Scramble - mix into a disordered mess by beating or using a whisk

8. Slice - cut into thin flat pieces using a knife or slicer 

Don't those terms just make you shudder at how cruel we can be to eggs? What about other foods like bread and pies?

slicing butter
slicing butter

What You Do to Bread and Some Baked Goodies

Bread or some baked goodies are foods that are also subjected to so much harshness. Just consider these terms:

9. Dredge: To sprinkle thoroughly with sugar or another dry powder.Well, this is not as bad as it sounds.

10. Cream: The process of beating fat and sugar together to blend them uniformly and to incorporate air. Actually this term does not sound like it hurts at all. However, the description sounds like it does hurt. Imagine being beaten?

11. Slash - to cut (sour dough) in strands and cooked all together in certain ingredients for a period of time

12. Knead –to press, fold turn and stretch repeatedly using the heels of your hand. Term is applied to soft dough to make it soft and elastic

Kneading
Kneading
Dredging
Dredging

And what do we do to our dough after kneading them? We also Knock it Down or Punch it Down!

13. Knock Down or Punch Down - punch and knead the dough to remove the air out after it has risen so that it goes back to the original volume before rising.

And if those are not enough insult to our bread, we also Proof the Yeast! Yes, proof the yeast until it is proven alive!

14. Proof the Yeast - This means that you dissolve the yeast in a little warm (not hot!) water with a touch of sugar. Then you let it sit until it starts to bubble. This way, you know that the yeast is alive!

In addition, we also Bake Blind! Whoa, what does this mean?

15. Bake Blind - is to bake a pie crust or shell while empty. To prevent pastry from puffing up, the shell is usually lined with baking paper and filled with "blind beans".

Are you sorry yet that you do treat your bread and pie badly?

Vegetables and fruits are not in any better position when it comes to our method of cooking.

baking
baking

What You Do To Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

16. Peel -to pull away, strip or cut off the outer covering of a fruit or vegetable.

17. Trim – cut and shape

18. Mince – cut or chop into very small pieces

19. Dice – cut into tiny cubes

20. Blanch – plunge into boiling water briefly, then into cold water. This helps to loosen the skins of fruits and vegetables

21. Grate - to rub food against an appliance that cuts it into fine shreds or forms small particles. Often used with cheeses and rinds of citrus fruits.

22. Scald –heat milk just below boiling point or immerse fruits and vegetables in boiling water to remove their skins

Ah, meat, poultry and fish are even at a more helpless position after the way we treat them.

Grating coconut
Grating coconut

What You Do To Meat, Poultry, Fish and Other Products

Can you just imagine being chilled, deboned, skewered, stripped or grilled? Just look at these cooking terms.

23. Broil – cook directly under or above a heat source

24. Chill - to make cold without freezing

25. Chop – to cut food into bite-size pieces using quick heavy blows of knife or cleaver

26. Debone – remove the bones

27. Drain - to deplete or empty the liquid or water and make gradually dry

28. Grate – reduce a large piece of food to small particles or thin shreds by rubbing against a coarse serrated surface

29. Grill- to cook over hot coals or other heat source

grilling chicken and pork
grilling chicken and pork

30. Grind - to reduce food to fine particles using a mortar and pestle, blender or food processor.

31. Heat - to make warm or hot

32. Invert - turn inside out

33. Parboil
To cook food in a boiling liquid just until partially done. Cooking may be completed using another method or at another time.

34. Pierce – to penetrate with a sharp object

35. Pound – to strike hard repeatedly and flatten or reduce to powder

36. Prick – to make small holes on the surface

37. Reduce - to boil down the volume of a liquid in order to concentrate the flavor.

38. Roast – oven-cook food in a shallow uncovered pan

40. Sear - to cook meat quickly at high heat to seal the surface of the meat and produce a brown color.

41. Shred –cut into narrow strips

42. Skewer- to impale or pierce small pieces of food

43. Sliver - to cut into long thin pieces with a knife. Often used with almonds or pimentos.

44. Steam - to cook in a covered container over boiling water. The container should have small holes in it to allow the steam from the water to rise.

45. Stew - to simmer slowly in enough liquid to cover.

46. Strip - to remove superficial matter or to make bare; to press eggs or milt out of a fish 

47. Sweat - to cook gently, usually in butter, a bit of oil, or the foods own juices to soften but not brown the food.

48. Toast
To brown with dry heat in an oven or toaster.

skewered meat "isaw" (a Flipino street food)
skewered meat "isaw" (a Flipino street food) | Source
roasted pig "lechon" (Filipino fiesta food)
roasted pig "lechon" (Filipino fiesta food)

What You Do To Flavoring and Spices

Can you imagine what happens when we pinch salt or dash sugar?

49. Pinch – hold between the tips of the thumb and forefinger

50. Dash - sprinkle a small amount

So that's my 50 list! Can you add some more? Please add them in the comments.

How Can You Be So Heartless?

Did you stop to think how much you hurt your food as you prepared them for that perfect Christmas feast? Hah, I bet you didn't!

Can you imagine being stewed, scored, scalded or roasted just like your favorite poultry and meat ?

Well, I hope you'll still enjoy your food even if you grate, shred, slash and pierce them! After all, these are the only ways to prepare food.

If you can suggest gentler ways of preparing food, please tell us.

Bon appétit!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy my other humor hub:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Laugh-and-the-World-Laughs-with-You

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davidrio 5 years ago from Lisbon

42. Skewer-that`s the one I liked the most, never heard of , I use it but with other names like piercing, but that's torturing food! :)

You`ve got some usefull and funny stuff here just bookmarked your hub

Cheers,David


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi David,

Thanks for being the first here!

I'm happy that you like this hub. I had fun writing it!

God bless!


angcorics 5 years ago

Truly enjoyed your funny article. You sure have a way with humor on what seems so simple as food.

Keep it up, as you digress from your science-based articles to give us a tickling sensation. He ha ha! LOL!


coffeesnob 5 years ago

this is awesome

I enjoyed reading as much as the pics..learned a bit in the way of terms too. Never heard the term "bake blind" or "sweat" before. Actually sweat is the same as "sauté" good hub..many blessings, friend

Carol


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Right out of a horror movie. Fun read!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Angcorics,

It's nice to see you again! Happy New Year!

Hahaha, as you know me, I'm the funny girl! I just try to always keep a straight face when I'm in my science classes so that I will be believable. However, I can't help but interject some humor even in some of my science-based articles. Well, laughter is my favorite exercise!

Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Carol,

Thanks very much!

I just learned of "bake blind" when I did some research on more cooking terms. It was really fun discovering new terms.

I visited a friend's bakeshop recently and that is where I got most of my photos. It was an enlightening and fun visit.

Thanks for dropping by my friend.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Suzie,

You are right, the things we do to our food is right out of a horror movie!

I'm happy you enjoyed this.

Thanks for the visit my friend!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Hmm, never thought of that before--the violence we commit to get our food to obey our culinary desires. All the words sound painful and if you chew on them--quite funny as well. Thanks for the enjoyable read. Awesome.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Anglnwu,

The idea about this violence in cooking came about while I was eating out with my family one day. We were discussing what to order and some of the items in the menu described how the food was prepared. The idea bulb lighted up in my brain and so this hub.

Thanks for dropping by my friend. I'm happy that you enjoyed this.

God bless!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a fun and informative Hub to read and learn, and get a few laughs from. I'll never look at the preparation of food in the same way again! Great pictures as well. Thanks for making my day!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a super list! You must have had fun putting this together. Thanks!


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allpurposeguru 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great fun! It reminds me of a song from grade school days:

Miss Seraphina Martha Newell / Was thought by some to be quite cruel./ And shall I tell you why?

Well, I wouldn't type the whole thing even if I could remember any more, but she was an expert baker. As such, she beat the eggs, whipped the cream, stoned the cherries and other such atrocities, and enjoyed it all tremendously. Just like so many of us have enjoyed your hub!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

All the various terms used sound like torture, but the end justifies the means. Yum Yum!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello b.Malin,

What a nice thing to say! I am happy that you enjoyed this hub as well as learned from it!

God bless!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well, I never knew you had such a twisted sense of humor, jill of alltrades. And how is it that you thought of these ways to torture your food? Have you been torturing other non-living things in your spare time? Hmmm! Seriously though, I had a good laugh! Keep writing!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Truckstop Sally,

How right you are! I did have fun putting up this hub! I actually wanted to draw cartoons to make it even funnier but I learned I'm better at taking photos than making cartoons! Hahaha!

Thanks too! The pleasure is mine!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi allpurposeguru,

Oh, I did not know there is a song like that! If I had known, I would have placed it either right after the section on baking or as an epilogue! Hey, that's a great idea! I hope you wouldn't mind if I do that in the future.

I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub!

Thanks very much for sharing that fun song.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dave,

You are right, the terms really sound like torture. Does the end really justify the means? Can't we think of gentler terms? Hahaha!

Thanks for the visit Dave!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Fossillady,

Hahaha! I take that as a compliment - having a twisted sense of humor, that is. As I mentioned above, laughter is my favorite exercise! So if I can make others laugh with me, then my day is made!

Thanks for the happy comment!

God bless!


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

The poor fish start off being in a bad way. They are caught with a hook. Have you ever had a fish hook caught in YOUR flesh? Imagine having one of those things in your mouth (like the fish). And usually the fish is still barely alive when it is being cleaned (including removal of the head). I've caught and cleaned enough fish to see what these poor critters go through.


Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

Informative and fun to read. Great hub jill of alltrades. Congratulations once again.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Tammy,

You are right about the poor fish! I have caught and cleaned some of them too! We really treat them so harshly!

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your fish story.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Jessie,

Nice to see you!

I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub! I really appreciate your comment.

Thank you very much!

God bless!


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richtwf 5 years ago

Useful and interesting hub and cheers for sharing!

God bless.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I think it matters not the terms used to produce such deliciously delectible foods, besides God is the author of all including the words used to describe the actions, He had a purpose I'm sure.


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Good article. I enjoyed reading it. I never thought of these food preparation terms as violent or horrifying though. I like the article and will read more. Teresa


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello richtwf,

Thanks very much! It's my pleasure to share things I love and enjoy.

Thanks for the visit!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dave,

Nice to see you!

You are right, God has a purpose for all. And I'm sure that includes finding beauty and fun and even "horrors" in things that we do.

Thanks for dropping by.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Teresa (eventsyoudesign),

Thanks very much for your wonderful comment! It's nice to hear from you.

God bless!


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a fun read. Had a smile on my face from start to finish. Lists of terms are mostly boring to read and consequently not memorable. I think your funny and sassy approach is a fabulous memorization aid. Up and funny!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sally,

I'm glad that you found this fun. I also had fun putting this together.

Thanks very much for your nice words.

God bless!


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biancapaloma 5 years ago

Ha ha! I like this it really made me laugh. Nice hub!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Bianca,

Thank you very much for your upbeat comment.

Hope to see you again.

God bless!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

What an interesting hub Jill! It's really good. I couldn't even come up with 20 words, especially not 50! Just wanted to say hi. Best wishes to ya Jill. :) Take care my friend.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Ashlie,

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

Hope to see you again.

God bless you friend!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Oh Jill, I laughed out loud...how clever to take the words we use when working with the food we consume and point out the dichotomy...or is it a dichotomy? Better to be gentle with what we prepare for our bodies.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Denise,

It's nice to see you again!

I'm happy if I was able to make you laugh. Laughing is my favorite exercise! Hahaha!

I've been asking people if there is a gentler way of treating our food but nobody has given me an answer yet. So until we discover gentler ways, we still go on beating, grilling, or scalding our food!

Thanks for your wonderful visit!

God bless!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

So much violence in the kitchen today! Great post!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Micky,

Agree! We have so much violence in the kitchen! Ouch!

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a positive comment!

God bless!


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azure_sky 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Lol...I will never look at cooking the same way! I might even have a few guilt trips thrown in there too:)

Thanks for the entertaining hub jill!!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello azure_sky,

Nice to see you here!

I'm happy that you found this fun. Yeah, it does makes us feel a little guilty at the way we treat our food.

Thanks for your visit and lovely comment!

God bless!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

This is hilarious! And so well thought out - you are very clever!

Thanks for an awesome hub, voted up :-)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Cloverleaf,

I'm happy that you found this hilarious! That's great!

Thank you very much the vote up. :)

God bless!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I have never thought about how violent I can be to my food. After reading this, I will never look at food the same way. Thanks! It was a great read!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello tlpoague,

Sometimes we just do things automatically we don't even give them a thought. I'm really happy that you enjoyed this! I had fun doing it.

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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louisxfourie 5 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

29. Grill- to cook over hot coals or other heat source, in South Africa we call it "Braai"


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for dropping by Louis! Thanks too for your addition. Now I know a South African term!

God bless!


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iZeko 5 years ago

Hahaha! I never thought of it that way. It sounds more like a massacre than cooking. That was a fun read!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello iZeko,

It's nice to see you!

I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub. I had fun putting it together.

Thanks very much for your visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

This is good--now I can think of cooking as a way to de-stress...beating, chopping, pounding...well, my cooking needs de-stressing. :)

I too learned some new terms. Thanks for that and the smile!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello RTalloni,

Nice to see you again!

Hahaha, I did not think of it that way - that doing all that chopping and beating can be a form of de-stressing too! Of course I know people who love to cook but now I wonder if they also use cooking for de-stressing.

I'm happy that you learned some new terms here and that this made you smile!

God bless!


Jayce 22 months ago

Sunrsiripg to think of something like that


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jill of alltrades 22 months ago from Philippines Author

Hello Jayce,

Well, I had fun putting this together. Thanks for dropping by and for leaving a comment.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago

We do have some funny ways to talk about food.

Let's see in programming we have: Kill the child process. And we sometimes ask if that killed the parent as well.

We have others but they temporarily slipped my mind.

grep awk sed


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jill of alltrades 20 months ago from Philippines Author

Hi poetryman,

Thanks for visiting and for sharing some interesting words used in programming.

All the best!

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