Kitchen Supplies Glossary

A

  • Airtight Containers: Essential for storing food prior to reheating, keeping it fresh and free from contamination.
  • Air Fryer: Countertop device uses a combination of rapid air circulation and heat to “fry” foods
  • Aluminum Foil: A versatile kitchen material for covering dishes during reheating to prevent drying out.
  • Au Bain-Marie: A gentle method for reheating using a water bath, suitable for delicate foods.
  • Apple Corer: Handy for prepping fruit for reheating in desserts or compotes.
  • Apron: Protective garment used to keep clothes clean during cooking and reheating processes.

B

  • Bacteria: Microorganisms that can multiply if food is improperly reheated, leading to potential foodborne illnesses.
  • Bain-Marie: A water bath technique used in professional kitchens for gentle and even reheating.
  • Baking Dish: A deep, oven-safe pan, usually about one to two inches tall, used to bake foods
  • Baking Sheet: A flat ovenproof tray, ideal for evenly spreading out items like cookies or pastries for reheating.
  • Baking Stone: A stone slab used in ovens to provide even heat, great for reheating pizza and bread.
  • Blender: Useful for pureeing soups or sauces before or after reheating.
  • Boiling: A moist heat method typically for cooking, but can be used for reheating foods like pasta.
  • Butcher’s Twine: Handy for trussing meats or bundling herbs during prep for reheating.
  • Bread Knife: A serrated knife perfect for slicing bread without crushing it.
  • Bread Box: For storing bread, keeping it fresh and ready for reheating or toasting.
  • Burger Press: Used for forming uniform burger patties, ideal for even cooking and reheating.

C

  • Caramelization: The process of browning sugars in food during reheating, enhancing flavor.
  • Carryover Cooking: The continued cooking of food after it has been removed from the heat source.
  • Casserole Dish: A deep dish used for both cooking and reheating large portions of food.
  • Cast Iron Skillet: A type of cookware excellent for reheating due to its heat retention properties.
  • Chef’s Knife: An all-purpose knife essential for preparing ingredients for any dish.
  • Cooking Oil: is a plant or animal liquid fat used in frying, baking, and other types of cooking.
  • Colander: Useful for draining foods like pasta or vegetables before or after reheating.
  • Chopping Board: Essential for prepping ingredients safely before adding them to dishes for reheating.
  • Coffee Grinder: For grinding fresh coffee beans, enhancing the flavor of brewed coffee.
  • Conduction: Direct heat transfer method, crucial in pan reheating.
  • Convection Oven: An oven that circulates hot air for more even reheating.
  • Cross-Contamination: Unintentional transfer of bacteria from one food to another, a concern during preparation and storage.
  • Cutting Board: A protective surface for cutting and preparing ingredients.

D

  • Deep Fryer: A kitchen appliance used for frying foods, suitable for reheating certain items to crispiness.
  • Defrost: Thawing frozen food, typically required before safely reheating.
  • Digital Scale: Essential for measuring ingredients precisely before reheating combined dishes.
  • Dish Towel: Handy for cleaning and handling hot utensils or containers during reheating.
  • Dough Scraper: Useful for cleanly dividing and handling dough during prep.
  • Dutch Oven: A heavy cooking pot, great for slow reheating and keeping foods moist.

E

  • Electric Kettle: Useful for boiling water quickly, which can be used in various reheating methods.
  • Egg Separator: Handy in separating eggs for specific dishes before reheating them, like in baking.
  • Egg Slicer: A device for evenly slicing hard-boiled eggs, useful in meal prep.
  • Espresso Machine: For brewing rich, concentrated coffee, perfect for a post-meal treat.
  • Even Heating: Ensuring uniform reheating of food to avoid cold spots.

F

  • Fish Scaler: A tool for removing scales from fish before cooking or reheating.
  • Flash Heating: Rapid reheating, often used in commercial kitchens.
  • Food Mill: A device for pureeing or mashing food, useful in prep for some reheated dishes.
  • Food Processor: Useful for chopping or grinding ingredients before adding them to dishes to be reheated.
  • Food Scale: An important tool for accurate ingredient measurements.
  • Food Thermometer: A critical tool for ensuring food has reached a safe internal temperature during reheating.
  • Fondue Set: A set for preparing fondue, which can also be used for gently reheating certain dishes.
  • Frying Pan: A flat-bottomed pan used for reheating, particularly effective for foods requiring a crispy texture.
  • Funnels: Helpful in transferring liquids into storage containers before reheating.

G

  • Garlic Press: Useful in preparing garlic-infused dishes to be reheated.
  • Grater: A tool for shredding ingredients like cheese, which can be added to dishes before reheating.
  • Gratin Dish: A shallow dish used for reheating foods that benefit from a browned or crusted top.
  • Griddle: A flat cooking surface, ideal for evenly reheating a variety of foods.
  • Grill Pan: A pan with raised ridges, ideal for simulating grilling indoors.
  • Grill Press: A heavy press used on grills for ensuring even contact and heating.

H

  • Halogen Oven: A quick reheating option using halogen light as the heat source.
  • Hand Mixer: Useful for re-blending or whipping mixtures before reheating, like mashed potatoes.
  • Herb Scissors: Convenient for quickly chopping herbs to garnish or add to dishes pre-reheating.
  • Hot Plate: A portable electric heating element, versatile for reheating tasks.

I

  • Ice Cream Scoop: Not just for ice cream; ideal for portioning out consistent sizes of foods like rice or mashed potatoes before reheating.
  • Immersion Blender: Perfect for blending or pureeing soups and sauces directly in the pot during or after reheating.
  • Indirect Heat: Heat not directly applied to the food, used in methods like roasting or grilling.
  • Infrared Thermometer: A non-contact thermometer, useful for quickly checking surface temperatures during reheating.

J

  • Juicer: A device for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, useful for prepping ingredients.

K

  • Kitchen Shears: Versatile scissors useful for cutting herbs, opening packages, or trimming meats during prep for reheating.
  • Kitchen Timer: Essential for keeping track of cooking and reheating times.
  • Kitchen Torch: Used for caramelizing sugars or finishing dishes with a direct flame.
  • Knife Set: Various types of knives for preparing foods before reheating, ensuring they are appropriately sized.
  • Kitchen Tongs: An essential tool for safely handling and flipping food during reheating.

L

  • Ladle: Useful for serving or transferring liquids like soups and stews during or after reheating.
  • Lemon Squeezer: Ideal for adding fresh lemon juice to dishes before or after reheating to enhance flavor.
  • Lemon Zester: Quickly removes the outermost layer of the lemon peel.
  • Loaf Pan: A baking pan specifically used for baking loaves of bread or meatloaf, both of which can be reheated effectively.

M

  • Measuring Cups: Essential for accurate ingredient portions in recipes, particularly important in dishes that will be reheated to ensure balance.
  • Meat Grinder: A device for grinding meat, which can then be formed into patties or meatballs for later reheating.
  • Measuring Spoons: Essential for accurate ingredient portions in recipes, particularly important in dishes that will be reheated to ensure balance.
  • Meat Tenderizer: A tool used to tenderize slabs of meat, making them cook and reheat more evenly.
  • Meat Thermometer: A thermometer used to measure the internal temperature of meat
  • Microwave Oven: A common appliance for quick reheating, using microwave radiation to heat food.
  • Mixing Bowls: Essential for combining ingredients before cooking or reheating.
  • Mortar and Pestle: Used for grinding spices and herbs, enhancing flavors in dishes that will be reheated.
  • Muffin Tin: A baking tin with multiple cup-like spaces, used for making muffins or cupcakes that can be reheated later.

N

  • Non-Stick Skillet: A skillet coated to prevent food from sticking, ideal for easy reheating of delicate items.
  • Nutmeg Grinder: Specifically for grinding nutmeg, a spice commonly added to sweet and savory dishes.

O

  • Oven Mitts: Protective gloves for handling hot cookware during and after reheating.
  • Offset Spatula: A tool with an angled blade, useful for spreading or lifting items during food preparation.

P

  • Paella Pan: A large, wide, and shallow pan, typically used for making paella but also good for reheating large quantities of food.
  • Parchment Paper: food-safe, heat-resistant coated paper used in baking and cooking.
  • Pasta Pot: A tall pot ideal for boiling pasta, which may be reheated later.
  • Pastry Brush: Useful for applying glazes or butter to items before reheating to add shine or flavor.
  • Peeler: For peeling fruits and vegetables, an essential prep step before cooking or reheating many dishes.
  • Piping Bags: Used for decorating baked goods, which can be reheated for serving.
  • Pizza Stone: A baking stone for pizza, ideal for reheating pizza while maintaining a crispy crust.
  • Potato Masher: Essential for mashing potatoes, which can then be reheated.
  • Pressure Cooker: A sealed pot that cooks food quickly under high pressure, useful for initial cooking and sometimes for reheating.
  • Pudding Molds: Molds used for forming puddings, which may be reheated before serving.

Q

  • Quiche Pan: A specific type of baking pan used for making quiche, which is often reheated.

R

  • Roasting Pan: A large pan used for roasting meats and vegetables, which can also be used for reheating in the oven.
  • Rolling Pin: Essential for rolling out dough in preparation for various baked goods.
  • Rice Cooker: An automated appliance for cooking rice, which can be used for gentle reheating.

S

  • Sauté Pan: A pan with straight sides, great for sautéing ingredients that will be reheated.
  • Scale: For weighing ingredients, ensuring consistency in recipes that will be reheated.
  • Serrated Knife: A toothed blade perfect for slicing items like bread and tomatoes without crushing.
  • Sieve: A strainer used to remove lumps from sauces or to sift dry ingredients.
  • Skimmer: A tool for skimming off impurities from broths and stocks.
  • Slow Cooker: An appliance for slow cooking at low temperatures, often used for dishes that are easily reheated.
  • Sous Vide Machine: A device for precise cooking in water baths, creating dishes that reheat well due to even cooking.
  • Spatula: An essential kitchen tool for flipping, spreading, or stirring.
  • Steamer Basket: A tool for steaming food, often used in reheating to retain moisture.
  • Stockpot: A large pot for making stocks or soups, useful in initial cooking and reheating.
  • Stove: A kitchen appliance for cooking and reheating food using gas or electric heat sources.
  • Strainer: A device for straining liquids off of foods, like pasta or vegetables, before or after reheating.
  • Sushi Mat: A bamboo mat used in rolling sushi, which can involve ingredients that have been cooked and cooled.

T

  • Tea Infuser: A device for steeping loose tea leaves, enhancing beverage options for a meal.
  • Thermometer: A tool for accurately gauging the internal temperature of foods during reheating.
  • Toaster Oven: A small electric oven, great for reheating small quantities of food.
  • Tongs: For grasping and moving food, particularly useful when reheating on a grill or stove.
  • Trivet: A protective piece placed under hot dishes to prevent damage to surfaces.

U

  • Utility Knife: A medium-sized knife for general kitchen tasks, helpful in food preparation before reheating.

V

  • Vegetable Brush: For cleaning vegetables thoroughly before cooking or reheating.
  • Vegetable Oil: A liquid fat derived from plant sources, commonly used for cooking and food preparation.
  • Vegetable Peeler: A tool for peeling the skin off vegetables efficiently.
  • Vitamix (or High-Powered Blender): A powerful blender for creating smooth purées or blending ingredients prior to reheating.

W

  • Waffle Iron: An appliance for making waffles, which can be reheated for a quick breakfast.
  • Whisk: Essential for mixing ingredients smoothly, often before cooking or reheating.
  • Wine Opener: A tool for opening wine bottles, complementing a well-prepared meal.
  • Wok: A versatile round-bottomed cooking vessel, excellent for stir-frying or evenly reheating food.

Y

  • Yogurt Maker: An appliance for making yogurt, which sometimes requires gentle reheating for recipes.

Z

  • Zester: A tool for adding citrus zest to dishes, enhancing flavor before reheating.
  • Zucchini Spiraler: For creating zucchini noodles, a healthy alternative that can be cooked and reheated.