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Hi there. Welcome back to Weekly Words. My name is Alisha, and today we're going to talk about cooking terms. Hooray. Let's begin.
The first word is ‘broil’.
‘Broil’ is a setting on your oven. It means to cook something under very, very high heat. It usually means that only the top heating element in your oven is turned onto very high heat. It'll get the top of whatever you're cooking very crispy. In a sentence, “Broil the chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.” You might see that in a recipe somewhere.
Okay, the next word is ‘boil’.
So to ‘boil’ something means to cook it in very, very hot water. The water gets so hot, or whatever it is you're cooking with, broth, whatever, is so hot that it's bubbling. That's called ‘boiling’ something. So in a recipe you might see, “Bring the soup to a boil and cook for 30 minutes.
The next word is ‘mince’.
‘Mince’ means to cut something into very, very small pieces. So you might need to mince garlic, for example, mince carrots, herbs of some kind. In a sentence, “Include two tablespoons of minced garlic in your recipe.” Alright.
The next word is ‘sauté’.
When you ‘sauté’ something, you often use a frying pan and maybe butter, or oil, or some kind of fat. So it might be a piece of fish, it might be chicken, whatever. You can sauté just about anything you like. In a sentence, “I like sautéing meat because it's easy and delicious.”
The next word is ‘simmer’.
This is often used when you're making soup. It's quite hot but it's not quite at boiling point. So often you'll need to let soups simmer for a while to get all the flavors out of everything. In a sentence, “Simmer your soup for one hour or more to get the best flavor.”
That's the end, so those are some cooking terms. Try and think about them, keep them in mind the next time you make something. Thanks very much for joining us this week and we'll see you again next time for more useful information. Bye. My phone is ringing, why is my phone ringing. I don't know who that is. Goodbye.