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Technical Terms


Technical Terms

Technical Terms
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In the world of food, there is a vast range of technical and scientific terms related to food laws, to crop growing techniques, to the science of what happens to our food when we cook it in the kitchen, and food manufacturing, processing, distribution, and sale.

Knowing what terms like these mean is not vital to putting a good meal on the table, but curious cooks will want to refer to them from time to time to expand their understanding of just what a "Best Before Date" does and doesn't mean, or why recipes often call for meat to be browned in a pan before braising (see Maillard Reaction.)

This area of the site holds our collection of such terms.

Technical terms related to the act of cooking in a kitchen are listed separately in another area of the site under Cooking Techniques.

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Technical Terms

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