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Mastering Kitchen Verbs – English Vocabulary in the Kitchen

Are you passionate about cooking and looking to expand your English vocabulary? Look no further! In today’s English lesson, we’re delving into the world of kitchen verbs in English. Of course there are a lot of verbs in English for the different tasks in cooking or baking but here are some essential cooking verbs to know in English.

These words are essential for anyone who loves to whip up delicious dishes in the kitchen. Let’s explore the meanings and usage of eight fundamental kitchen verbs: blend, zest, slice, squeeze, peel, chop, pour, and crush.

1. Blend

Definition: To mix ingredients together until they form a uniform mixture.

Example: “Blend the tomatoes, onions, and peppers to make a tasty salsa.”

2. Zest

Definition: To grate or scrape the outer, flavorful layer of citrus fruits.

Example: “Zest the lemon to add a citrusy twist to your dessert.”

3. Slice

Definition: To cut something into thin, flat pieces.

Example: “Slice the ripe bananas for your morning cereal.”

4. Squeeze

Definition: To press something firmly to extract liquid or juice.

Example: “Squeeze fresh oranges to make a refreshing glass of juice.”

5. Peel

Definition: To remove the outer skin or rind of fruits or vegetables.

Example: “Peel the potatoes before boiling them for mashed potatoes.”

6. Chop

Definition: To cut something into small, irregular pieces.

Example: “Chop the herbs finely for a flavorful garnish.”

7. Pour

Definition: To transfer a liquid from one container to another.

Example: “Pour the hot soup into a bowl for serving.”

8. Crush

Definition: To break something into smaller pieces or to flatten it by pressing.

Example: “Crush the garlic cloves before adding them to the pasta sauce.”

Now that you’ve learned these kitchen verbs, you can confidently follow English recipes and express yourself more clearly in the kitchen. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to incorporate these verbs into your cooking routine. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting your culinary journey, these kitchen verbs are your recipe for success!

Happy cooking and learning!


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Camille Hanson

Camille Hanson

Hi friends! I'm Camille. I create engaging American English content for ESL people around the world. When I am not creating videos, books or blogs, you will probably find me in a cafe somewhere around the world, studying my next target language or at home cooking up food for my family of five. Stick around, read some posts and learn some English with me :) Tchau, ciao! ~Camille


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