Can You Name the Cooking Technique from a One-Sentence Summary?

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Isadora Teich

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Food is soaked in seasoned liquid for a long time before it is cooked.

Marinades are flavorful liquids used to tenderize and impart flavor to meat before it is cooked. This process can be fairly short or even days long.

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Steam is used to cook food.

Steaming is a healthy cooking technique that dates back thousands of years. While there are special appliances for it, it can also be done using a wok.

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Food is cooked in a pot made of natural clay.

Different cultures around the world have different methods of clay pot cooking. It can be seen in cultures dating back thousands of years all around the world.

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Adding salt, spices and herbs to food to enhance flavor is called:

Adding spices, herbs and salt to food is a universal part of cooking around the world. Different cultures and traditions handle it in different ways.

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You cook food entirely in hot liquid.

Food is typically boiled in water, milk or stock. It can also be simmered, which means it's cooked in gently boiling water.

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Food is cooked over dry heat for a long time, commonly in an oven.

Bread, cakes and other baked goods are called baked goods for a reason. Meats and vegetables can also be baked.

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This technique involves a slow, lengthy exposure to indirect heat and smoking.

Barbecue or BBQ can refer to both an apparatus and a machine. It commonly involves meat smoked over wood or charcoal. A lot of people confuse barbecuing with grilling, but they're completely different!

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A liquid is thickened through heat.

Reductions are liquids, such as stocks and sauces, that are boiled until they thicken and their flavor intensifies. Gravies, pan sauces and syrups are all reductions.

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For this technique, alcohol is added to a hot pan to make a burst of flames.

This technique is associated with lavish liquor-drenched desserts that are often presented tableside. It is a French technique.

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In this technique, browned bits of food residue are taken from a pan to flavor a dish.

Deglazing helps to impart extra flavor to dishes. It is often done with a liquid like stock or wine.

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Food is flavored, browned or preserved by being exposed to smoke.

Smoked meat and fish are common around the world. Montreal, Quebec is famous for its smoked meat sandwiches.

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A cavity in a food is filled with something edible and often starchy.

While for Americans, stuffing is most famously served inside turkeys on Thanksgiving, many kinds of foods can be stuffed. This includes eggs, seafood and vegetables.

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Food that is cooked from the excess heat of a car or truck engine has been:

This method of cooking is believed to have been invented by hungry truckers who were looking for ways to warm up meals. It is also used by people who need to prepare food during power outages.

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Meat is skewered on a rotating spit and is then roasted.

This is commonly used on whole chickens and pigs. The rotation helps it cook evenly.

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In this cooking technique, food is cooked in a small amount of hot oil in a large wok.

This technique originated in ancient China and has spread throughout Asia and the West. It's a popular way of cooking meat and vegetables.

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This process involves the long, slow browning of sugar.

This process brings out the sweetness in foods not considered to be sweet, such as onions and potatoes. It is also how caramel sauce is made from sugar.

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Food is baked in a shallow dish and topped with some combination of breadcrumbs, grated cheese, eggs and butter until the top is crisp.

Gratin originated in French cuisine. It is most famously a potato dish, but other things can be served this way as well.

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A food that has been submerged in hot oil until crispy has been:

Deep frying involves a food being fully submerged in hot oil so that it cooks evenly on all sides. This practice has been around for millennia and is popular around the world today.

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This technique involves food buried in salt cooked in a large wok.

This technique is commonly used by street vendors in India and Pakistan. Typically corn, eggs and peanuts are cooked this way.

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A cylindrical metal or clay oven is used to cook and bake food.

Tandoor is mostly used throughout Asia to prepare flatbreads, samosas, stuffed potatoes and meat. Tandoori chicken comes from this tradition and is popular in the West.

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Food is cooked in a covered pan over a low heat in liquid.

This stove-top braising technique is popular in Creole and Cajun food. Meat is typically cooked in this way.

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Food is cooked in a pan using just enough oil or fat to lubricate the pan.

Pan frying is one of the most common cooking techniques around the world. Bacon is commonly pan fried.

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Food is cooked partially in water until it starts to soften and taken out before fully cooked.

Parboiling is often the first step before either braising or grilling meat. Parboiled rice is also popular in parts of India and West Africa.

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Food is boiled and then plunged into ice water to stop the cooking process.

Blanching is usually done with vegetables, fruits and nuts. It can soften foods or remove strong flavors.

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Solid food is turned into a paste or liquid.

Traditionally, vegetables and legumes were pureed. While applesauce is technically a puree, it is rarely referred to as one.

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Dry heat encircles food and cooks it on all sides at 300 degree or more temperatures.

Roasting is common for meats and bulb vegetables. It usually occurs in an oven or over an open flame.

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Skewers of food are grilled slowly over blazing charcoal.

This method of Japanese barbecue is popular both in Japan and around the world. It is traditionally done with seafood and vegetables.

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Food is cooked in a little oil in a shallow pan over a high heat.

There are numerous methods when it comes to sautéing. Vegetables and meat are commonly cooked in this manner.

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The surface of a food is cooked briefly at a high temperature until a crust forms.

Searing is commonly used in combination with other techniques, such as grilling, roasting or braising. It is usually used on meat, poultry or fish.

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A dish that is cooked with butter and seasonings and then sprinkled with toasted almonds is served:

Food that is being served Almondine or Amandine has been prepared in this way. Potatoes, green beans and fish are often served this way.

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A food that has been cooked in a low temperature in grease, oil or syrup is:

Initially made as a way to preserve food, modern confit is popular around the world. There are various kinds of fruit and meat confit, such as duck confit.

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This technique involves dry heat being applied to the surface of food and cooking it quickly on a ___________.

Grill refers to both a cooking technique and the apparatus commonly used for it. Meat, vegetables and fish are commonly grilled.

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Food is seared at a high temperature and then finished in a covered pot full of flavored liquid at a lower temperature.

This is a combination technique that uses wet and dry heats. It's commonly used on meat.

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This cooking method always involves a pit being dug in the ground.

Hangi is a tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand. Meat and vegetables are cooked using heated rocks buried in a pit oven.

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This technique is the process of stewing a whole animal.

Usually, game or fish is prepared in this way, such as rabbit. A whole animal is stewed for a long period of time in a tightly covered container.

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About This Quiz

Think you can stand the heat? See if you can keep your game face on in the kitchen with this quiz. From backwoods cooking to baghaar, there are so many techniques from all over the world that go into making things taste just right. Food doesn't only give us a burst of flavor, but it can tell you a lot about where a person is from and what they love. Families and friends have been gathering for meals for thousands of years, making memories and enjoying together. From simple dishes to complex delicacies that might take days to prepare, there is nothing like enjoying an amazing meal that has been expertly prepared. 

Whether it's deglazing, caramelizing or fermentation or dinner is served cooked in clay, an earth oven or a cast iron skillet, there is definitely more than one way to skin a chicken and even more ways than that to prepare and serve it. Some delicious recipes have even been handed down for centuries, even as new tools and techniques innovate the way we cook and eat all the time. If you are a keen cook with an eye for detail, put your cooking technique savvy to the test with this blazing quiz! 

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