Glossary

Picnic Ham

Not considered a true ham because it is from the foreleg not the hind leg. It also has a portion of the shoulder.

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Pinch

A measurement less than 1/8 teaspoon of a seasoning or spice that is easily held between the thumb and index finger. This is not an accurate measurement.

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Pipe

To force a soft mixture such as whipped cream, frosting or meringue through a pastry bag for a fancy shape.

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Pit

To remove the seed from fruit. Also refers to the seed in cherries, peaches, nectarines and avocados.

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Plump

To soak dried fruit such as raisins and cherries in liquid until softened.

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Poach

To cook meat, fish, eggs or fruits in simmering liquid. The liquid can be flavored with salt, bay leaves, onion, celery and white wine if desired.

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Preheat

To bring an oven up to the baking temperature before baking.

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Press

Often called a cookie press. Used to extract cookie dough in decorative shapes.

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Prick

To pierce food or pastry with the tines of a fork to prevent them from bursting or rising during baking. Also used when roasting ducks and geese to remove excess fat under the skin.

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Process

To combine, blend, chop or puree foods in a food processor or blender.

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