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Glossary of Cooking Terms

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W, X, Y & Z

Whetstone - A very hard, dense-grained rectangular block used to sharpen dull knives. One side often will have a finer texture than the other to put a sharper finished edge on the blade. The block is lubricated with oil or water before drawing the knife blade across at a 20-degree angle several times. This should be done periodically to keep knives and cleavers very sharp. Whetstones are also known as oilstones or sharpening stones.

Whip - (v.) To beat very rapidly with an eggbeater, whisk, mixer or fork to introduce very tiny air bubbles into a mixture, thereby changing its consistency. (n.) Another name for a whisk.

Wok - A bowl-shaped metal cooking pan; used for all kinds of cooking, Chinese Wokbut especially for stir-frying foods at very high heat by the Chinese. Learn more about wok.


Zest - The thing outer skin of oranges and lemons. This is the only part which should be used for flavoring as the white pith underneath us so very bitter.

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