Store cupboard essentials, shopping lists and kitchen equipment

Cookery terms glossary

Cookery Terms

There are many hundreds of terms for different techniques and items involved in cookery. Many of these come from French, Spanish and other languages and can seem daunting, however many are just different words for things you probably already do!  Here is a list of the basic and most important terms you might find when looking through recipies.

Bake - To cook food in a hot dry oven with temperatures usually above 150 degrees

Baste - Spoon over liquid over food during cooking to keep from drying out (think Turkey at Xmas)

Beat - Mix together with lots of energy, great workout for the arms too!

Boil - To cook in boiling liquid. Water boils at 100 degrees

Brasie - To cook slowly in a small amount of liquid. Think Beef Stew in the oven

Brown - To pan cook meat, fish or veg in a pan to get colour

Chill - Food stored below 5 degrees

Chop - Cut food into small pieces. Watch those fingers!

Deep Fry - Cook food in lots of hot oil

Freeze - Store food below -18 degrees

Grate - Use a grater to shred food down to a fine pieces

Grill - To cook food quickly under a grill, either oven or freestanding

Knead - Mix together dough with your hands. Big part of bread making

Marinade - Soak food in a flavoured liquid to let it absorb the flavour. Can be done the day before to save you some time!

Pan Fry - To cook in a frying pan over the hob

Par Boil - Half cook food to soften up first and reduce cooking time. Think Roast potatoes

Pinch - A measurement of ingredients, held between thumb and first finger

Store Cupboard Essentials

Store Cupboard Essentials 

In order to cook good, wholesome, budget friendly meals for your family every day, you need a well-stocked store cupboard full of good-quality basics. Here’s our Nutritionist’s guide to what you need to get you started and ready for the great selection of Cooking Good recipes. The following list can be sourced at Tesco Groceries but also try Lidl, Aldi, pound shops and food banks for some great options.

Tinned Tomatoes – tinned tomatoes in juice make a versatile ingredient. They can form a simple sauce for pasta and a base for dishes such as Bolognese or chilli. Approx. 28p per tin.

Tomato Puree

Passata – a rich tomato sauce that can be a great base for pizza or sauces. Approx. 28p per 500g box.

Tinned Tuna in water/brine – Tuna is such a useful ingredient to have to hand whether to use for a sandwich filling, jacket potato topping or substantial meals such as Cooking Good Fish Patties or Fish & Broccoli pasta. Approx. 59p per tin.

Mixed Herbs – Adding flavour is important using herbs and means less salt is required. Dried herbs last for a long time and supermarket’s own branded versions are much cheaper. Approx 74p.

Wholewheat pasta – Higher in fibre than white pasta meaning it will keep kids fuller for longer and brilliant for a quick,  cost effective meal. Approx. £1.20 per bag.

Onions – a basic ingredient that counts as one of your Eat the Rainbow’s. Can be chopped and frozen to avoid waste. Approx. 10p each.