Kitchen Tools and Utensils

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

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or a high-grade plastic. They’re usually made of temperature-resistant materials. 3 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . Before you touch a utensil. though. stir. and smash. such as metal. We employ utensils to prepare. handle. explore the many tools and utensils used in the kitchen. or serve food. how do you know which cup or spoon is right for the job? Or what the difference is between a masher and a ricer? Professional chef Christopher Koetke and his students demonstrate how to use common kitchen tools that scoop.Summary In this program. What is a utensil? Utensil comes from the Latin word utensilis.” Kitchen utensils are the tools of cooking and baking. wood. But with so many options. you need to wash your hands! To properly wash your hands: • • • Use soap and hot water Wash your palms. like silicone. the backs of your hands and between your fingers Twist your fingertips into your palm or use a brush to clean under your nails TIP: Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds. which means “useful. cut. One way to make sure you do this is to recite the alphabet or sing the Happy Birthday song. as well as other miscellaneous utensils.

Utensils that Scoop and Stir Spoon Ladle Measuring spoons Slotted spoon Measuring cups Spatula Pasta spoon Whisk TIP: Wooden Spoon Care • • • Hand wash wooden spoons. Dry wooden spoons as soon as they’ve been washed to prevent bacteria from taking hold. dip the scoop in a cup of hot water before dishing it out. and your hands before working with other food items. Get down to eye level when checking liquid measurements to make sure you’ve got the right amount. TIP: Sharp Utensil Safety • 4 Anti-cut gloves are a good way to protect your fingers when working with any sharp utensil. Never measure liquids over your bowl of ingredients. TIP: Measuring Dry and Liquid Ingredients • Measure dry ingredients first. Don’t let wooden spoons soak in water too long or they may incur water damage. TIP: Using an Ice Cream Scoop • For hard to scoop ice cream. Putting a wet spoon into a container of dry ingredients makes a clumpy mess and a lot of what you are measuring will stick to the cup or spoon (and contaminate your ingredient). Kitchen Tools and Utensils . as dishwashers can cause heat damage. Always use the holder that grabs on to the food to ensure safety. so be safe and make sure your fingers don’t get near it. Extra spilled ingredients will alter (or ruin!) the taste of your dish. wash all utensils. • • Utensils that Cut Chopper Pizza wheel Kitchen shears Cookie cutter Peeler Can opener Zester Mandoline Slicer Grater TIP: Kitchen Shears • Always wash shears after using them to cut meat. In fact. cutting boards. TIP: Mandoline Safety • • The blade on a mandoline is extremely sharp.

Place the thermometer in an area of meat away from the bone. Reading a Thermometer Be aware of false readings. Using a Nutcracker Use the least amount of pressure to avoid crushing the nut. Rolling pins can also be used to make cracker crumbs. sealable bag and roll away. Using an Instant-Read Thermometer Do not use instant-read thermometers inside the oven. Place crackers in a plastic. dust the surface with flour. Use them to measure the temperature of food when you think it might be done. wooden tongs burn. Heat is conducted faster in the area of the food that is in contact with the thermometer. never against them.Utensils that Smash Rolling pin Nutcracker TIP: • • TIP: • • Meat tenderizer Garlic press Masher Ricer Juicer Using a Rolling Pin To keep the dough from sticking to your work area. Rotate the nut as you crack. Other dry ingredients that often need sifting are cornstarch and powdered sugar. Miscellaneous Utensils Tongs Brush TIP: • TIP: • • TIP: • • TIP: • • Turner Baster Using Tongs Rest tongs next to hot pots or pans. Fish Spatula Colander Sieve Oven-safe thermometer Instant-read thermometer Strainer 5 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . Metal tongs conduct heat. and plastic tongs melt! Using a Sift or Sieve Place a small amount of flour into a sieve and agitate it until all of the flour falls through.

8) food chopper A utensil used for draining fruits. 3) kitchen shears 4) tongs 5) sieve 6) rolling pin 7) colander A utensil used with flour or other dry ingredients for the purpose of sifting. 1/2 cup and 1 cup. Scissors used to slice through poultry breastbones or cut foods. _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 1) measuring cups Often used to flatten and enlarge dough. vegetables and pasta. These utensils are usually available in 1/4 cup. A kitchen tool that makes quick work of chopping nuts and vegetables. A utensil used to flatten meat and make it more tender. A tool used to open food cans. or used to make cracker crumbs.Kitchen Tools and Utensils Matching Quiz Match the words in the first column to the best available answer in the second column. 9) zester 10) meat tenderizer 6 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . turn or move food while cooking. A grasping utensil used to grab. 2) can opener A type of grater used to pull the peel off of citrus fruits. 1/3 cup.

or used to make cracker crumbs. 1) measuring cups 2) can opener 3) kitchen shears 4) tongs 5) sieve 6) rolling pin 7) colander 8) food chopper 9) zester 10) meat tenderizer 7 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . 1/3 cup. A kitchen tool that makes quick work of chopping nuts and vegetables. These utensils are usually available in 1/4 cup. 1/2 cup and 1 cup. A utensil used for draining fruits. Often used to flatten and enlarge dough. A tool used to open food cans. A utensil used to flatten meat and make it more tender. turn or move food while cooking.Kitchen Tools and Utensils Matching Quiz __3__ __6__ __9__ __1__ __8__ __4__ __2__ __5__ __7__ __10_ Scissors used to slice through poultry breastbones or cut foods. vegetables and pasta. A type of grater used to pull the peel off of citrus fruits. A grasping utensil used to grab. A utensil used with flour or other dry ingredients for the purpose of sifting.

A mandoline is used to: a) b) c) d) Make music Zest citrus fruits Stir or scoop food Slice food uniformly 9. A whisk is used to: a) b) c) d) Serve spaghetti or pasta Mix or add air to ingredients Measure liquid ingredients Grab or turn foods 5. Kitchen shears are used to: a) b) c) d) Slice through poultry breastbones Cut bacon to a desired length Snip herbs or small vegetables All of the above 9. This utensil can be used instead of a masher to prepare potatoes: a) b) c) d) Reamer Ricer Roller Ripper 2. Which utensil is used to measure temperature inside an oven? a) b) c) d) Instant-read thermometer Oven-safe thermometer A and B None of the above 8 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . Before touching any utensils. you should wash your hands: a) b) c) d) With hot water For only 10 seconds A and B None of the above 6.Kitchen Tools and Utensils Multiple Choice Circle the best answer for each question. This type of spoon has teeth to grab and hold food: a) b) c) d) Slotted spoon Wooden spoon Pasta spoon Ladle 3. Which one of these is NOT a standard measuring cup size? a) b) c) d) 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 1 ½ cup 7. Which of these tools is not used to cut foods? a) b) c) d) Sieve Zester Pizza wheel Peeler 10. 1. It’s best to wash wooden spoons by: a) b) c) d) Hand Using a dishwasher Letting them soak Licking them 4. or food.

Before touching any utensils.Kitchen Tools and Utensils Multiple Choice Answer Key 1. or food. you should wash your hands: a) b) c) d) With hot water For only 10 seconds A and B None of the above 6. This utensil can be used instead of a masher to prepare potatoes: a) b) c) d) Reamer Ricer Roller Ripper 2. Which one of these is NOT a standard measuring cup size? a) b) c) d) 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 1 ½ cup 7. A whisk is used to: a) b) c) d) Serve spaghetti or pasta Mix or add air to ingredients Measure liquid ingredients Grab or turn foods 5. Which utensil is used to measure temperature inside an oven? a) b) c) d) Instant-read thermometer Oven-safe thermometer A and B None of the above 9 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . It’s best to wash wooden spoons by: a) b) c) d) Hand Using a dishwasher Letting them soak Licking them 4. Kitchen shears are used to: a) b) c) d) Slice through poultry breastbones Cut bacon to a desired length Snip herbs or small vegetables All of the above 9. A mandoline is used to: a) b) c) d) Make music Zest citrus fruits Stir or scoop food Slice food uniformly 9. Which of these tools is not used to cut foods? a) b) c) d) Sieve Zester Pizza wheel Peeler 10. This type of spoon has teeth to grab and hold food: a) b) c) d) Slotted spoon Wooden spoon Pasta spoon Ladle 3.

A utensil used to measure the temperature of food. Kitchen Tools and Utensils . and 250mL. The ends of the spoon work as teeth to grab and hold the pasta. Oven-safe Thermometer Pasta spoon 10 A utensil used to serve dishes with noodles.Glossary of Terms Baster Box grater Brush Can opener Colander Cookie cutter Fish Spatula Food chopper Garlic press Juicer Kitchen shears Ladle A utensil used to spread liquid or juice on meats or other foods. A shaped cutter that is often used when making cookies or pastries.5 mL. ½ cup and 1 cup. A special spatula used to flip or move fish or other delicate food items.S. 1/3 cup. Often used to cut through poultry breastbones. and milliliters. A tool used to open food cans. A utensil used for washing or draining vegetables. often potoates. 5. A utensil used to smash foods. 10 mL and 15 mL. Measuring spoons Spoons used to accurately measure ingrediencts when following a recipe. Instant-Read Thermometer Liquid measuring cups Mandoline Masher Measuring cups A tool used to create uniform slices as a food item slides along the surface and is cut by the blade. 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon. A utensil used to serve soups and other liquids like sauces and gravy. Standard U. or snip herbs or other small veggies. a Metric set includes 50 mL. measuring spoons include: 1/8 teaspoon. measuring cups include: ¼ cup. or sauces and glazes on meats. 125 mL.S. A utensil used to apply egg washes on pastries. ¼ teaspoon. a Metric set includes 2. fruits. Cups used to measure dry ingredients. Cups used to measure liquid ingredients . A kitchen tool that makes quick work of chopping nuts and vegetables. Scissors used to cut food. and other foods.0 mL. A utensil used to create minced garlic. This type of thermometer is safe for use in the oven. A utensil used to crack the hard shells of nuts. cutbacon to a desired length. Meat tenderizer Nutcracker A utensil used to make a piece of meat thinner as well as more tender. A utensil with various blades on each side used to shred or slice food or zest fruits. A utensil used to draw out juice from fruits.measurements are shown on the sides in fluid ounces as well as fractions of a cup. ½ teaspoon. Sometimes small measurements of “a pinch” or “a dash” are included. pastas. A utensil used to instantly measure the temperature of food. Standard U.

A utensil used to cut pizza or rolled pastries and other types of dough. measure cookie dough or serve ice cream. A type of grater used to pull the peel off of citrus fruits such as lemons. like hard-boiled eggs. spreading. A utensil used to help evenly distribute heat through a dish by constantly moving it around. and limes. or mixing. oranges. A utensil used to create thin. A specialized spoon used to serve or portion out food. Often used to create melon balls. The zest is added to recipes for a more intense flavor. A utensil used to flatten and enlarge dough while making pastries. A utensil used to transfer hot. 11 Kitchen Tools and Utensils . A utensil used to smash foods into a noodle-like consistency. often potatoes. A utensil used for scraping a bowl. A utensil used to break up clumps and give more volume to dry ingredients. A utensil used to strain liquids or sift dry ingredients. A grasping utensil used to grab.Peeler Pizza wheel Ricer Rolling pin Scoop Sieve Slicer Slotted spoon Spatula Spoon Strainer Tongs Turner Whisk Zester A utensil used to remove the skins or peels of fruits and vegetables. A utensil used to mix or add air to liquids. A utensil used to help drain foods that are in liquids. flat foods such as cookies. turn or move food while cooking. uniform slices of soft foods.

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