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Equipment

In this section you will find information on equipment (appliances and utensils) that are commonly used when cooking or preparing food. Further equipment with definitions can also be found in the glossary.



Equipment

Apple corer

A small hand-held tool with a serrated ring at one end which is used to remove the core from eating or cooking apples. The corer is pushed into the stalk end of the apple until it comes out at...

Baking tray

A flat rectangular metal pan, often with a rolled-up edge, used for baking. For larger pictures of this and other related...

Blender

An electrical appliance with whirling blades for chopping, mixing, or liquefying foods.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Cake tin

A round or square tin for baking a cake. For larger pictures of this and other related equipment

Casserole dish

A oven proof dish used for cooking stews and casseroles in the oven. This a strong dish with a lid, commonly made of glazed ceramics or pyrex. It can be used in the oven or on the stovetop. For...

Chopping board

A chopping board, or cutting board, is a kitchen utensil used as a flat surface on which to cut or slice things. Cutting boards are often made of wood or plastic. Care needs to be taken in cleaning...

Cooling Rack

A wire tray on which cakes and pastries can be put whilst they cool. It allows the air to reach the base of them as well as the top.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Colander

A colander is a type of sieve used for separating liquids and solids. It is usually made of a light metal or plastic. A colander is pierced with a pattern of small holes for the liquid to drain...

Flan tin

A wide flat tin made in various sizes up to around 10 inches. Flan tins can have both fluted or plain sides and can be made in foil, metal or ceramics. The metal tins are usually non-stick and loose...

Flour dredger or shaker

A metal, plastic or china pot with a perforated top for sifting or dredging flour, icing sugar or cocoa onto food or a surface. Flour is shaken or dredged onto a board or surface before rolling out...

Food containers

Air tight containers, usually plastic or glass, that can be used to store food and help preserve it.Larger pictures of this and other related...

Food processor

An electric cooking appliance that has a container and a number of different removable revolving blades, which allows food to be cut, sliced, shredded, blended, beaten or liquidised in the container...

Fork

A fork is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow prongs or tines (usually between two and four). It is usually metal and can be used for beating or lifting food during cooking, for serving...

Frying Pan

Frying pans are generally made of metal and provide a large flat heating surface and shallow sides, suitable for frying food. Grill pans are frying pans that are ribbed, to let fat drain away from...

Freezer

A device (usually electric) which maintains a temperature well below the freezing point of water. It has a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from it to the external...

Garlic press or crusher

A device, usually of stainless steel, for crushing garlic which is meant to be easier than crushing by hand.Larger pictures of this and other related...

Grater

A device that allows you to produce fine shreds of food. A typical grater is usually a stainless steel device with a rough surface and different sized holes on each side, suitable for grating...

Kettle

A container with a handle and spout, used for boiling water. Larger pictures of this and other related equipment

Knife

A cutting edge or blade, handheld or otherwise. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and have many uses in cooking and food preparation.Larger pictures of this and other related...

Ladle

A type of large serving spoon used to scoop up soup, stews or other liquids. A ladle has a long handle terminating in a deep bowl. The bowl is sometimes oriented at an angle to the handle to make it...

Lemon Squeezer

A small kitchen utensil designed to extract juice from lemons or other citrus fruits. It is designed to separate and crush the pulp of the fruit in a way that is easy to operate. Lemon squeezers can...

Loaf tin

An oblong metal tin, often non-stick, made for baking bread.For larger pictures of this and other related equipment

Measuring cups

A kitchen utensil used primarily to measure the volume of liquid or powder-form cooking ingredients. Measuring cups come in a range of sizes but are not suitable for measuring bulk foods, like...

Measuring jug

A jug with a measure on the site that allows people to measure the volume of liquids required for cooking.Larger pictures of this and other related...

Masher

A device for mashing cooked food, particuarly vegetables.Larger picture of this and other related equipment

Meat mallet or tenderiser

A small block of wood attached to a handle used to tenderise meat or to reduce the thickness of steaks, escalopes or fillets. Most meat mallets have a flat side for beating and a dimpled...

Mixer

An electrical appliance with whirling blades used for mixing, folding, beating, and whipping food ingredients. There are both hand held mixers and stand mixers. Mixers usually consist of a handle...

Mixing bowl

A large bowl made from plastic, glass or porcelain used for mixing ingredients. They come in a range of sizes depending on the purpose they are required for, but usually need to be big enough to...

Moulds

Moulds are used to give decorative shapes and form to foods. There are two main types: Jelly or dessert moulds and ring moulds. Jelly or dessert moulds are plastic, metal or glass containers...

Oven

An enclosed compartment for heating, roasting and baking. Food normally cooked in this manner includes meat, casseroles and baked goods such as bread, cake and other desserts. In order to provide...

Oven gloves

Insulated mittens usually worn in the kitchen to protect the wearer's hand from hot objects like ovens, stoves, cookware, etc. Fabric gloves consist of heat insulation surrounded by cotton fabric,...

Pastry brush

A pastry brush is a cooking utensil used to spread oil or glaze on food. They are made from plastic fibre or silicone. In baking breads and pastries, a pastry brush is used to spread a glaze or egg...

Pastry cutter

A shaped plastic or metal outline that can be pushed down on to rolled out pastry or dough to maked shaped biscuits or pastries.Larger pictures of this and other related...

Patty or bun tin

A baking tray or tin with six, nine or twelve shallow round depressions for putting in batter or dough to make buns, pastry or cakes.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Peeler

A metal blade attached to a wooden, metal or plastic handle that is used for peeling certain vegetables, frequently potatoes, and fruits, such as apples. There are many types including both hand and...

Pestle and Mortar

A mortar and pestle is a tool used to crush, grind, and mix substances. The pestle is a heavy stick whose end is used for pounding and grinding, and the mortar is a bowl. The substance is ground...

Ramekin

A small glazed ceramic serving bowl used for the preparation and serving of various food dishes. With a small volume of around 50-250 ml (2-8 oz) ramekins are common dishes used for serving...

Refrigerator, Fridge

A cooling appliance that maintains a temperature a few degrees above the freezing point of water. It has a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from it to the external...

Roasting or braising pan

These are similar to casserole dishes, consisting of a wide dish that provides space to cook a roast (chicken, beef, or pork). They can have handles, and may have a cover. Braising pans can be...

Rolling pin

A rolling pin is a cylindrical utensil often made of wood, used to shape and flatten dough and pastry. It usually consists of a thick cylindrical roller with small handles at each end.  For...

Saucepan

A vessel with vertical sides, about the same height as their diameter, used for simmering or boiling. Saucepans generally have one long handle. They are usually made of metal and come in a variety of...

Scales

A measuring instrument for determining the weight or mass of an ingredient against a pre determined scale. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are electric and manual scales.For larger...

Scissors

A hand operated cutting instrument. They consist of a pair of metal blades connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other. For larger pictures of this and other related...

Sieve

A tool consisting of a mesh, net or other filtration method that separates wanted from unwanted material. It can also be used for classifying powders by particle size. For larger pictures of this and...

Skewer

Pointed metal or wooden stick for holding poultry, meat of fish in shape during grilling or roasting. They are usually stainless steel and have a pointed tip at one end. There is usually some kind of...

Slice (Fish or Egg)

An implement for turning eggs and/or fish when frying or baking.For larger pictures of this and other related equipment

Slotted spoon

A spoon with slots, holes or other openings in the bowl of the spoon which let liquid pass through while preserving the larger solids on top. It can be used like a small sieve or to retrieve...

Spatula

A mixing or spreading implement, that can be made of metal or plastic. Spatulas have many uses from the mixing of ingredients and the scraping out of bowls, to the spreading and...

Spoon

A utensil consisting of a small shallow bowl, oval or round, at the end of a handle. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes made in metal and wood and can be used for measuring (e.g. 1x...

Steamer

A container with two compartments and a lid used to steam food. The bottom compartment is filled with water, and the top compartment, which usually has small holes in the base contains the food. As...

Storage or preserving jars

The most well known of these types of jars is the Kilner jar, a rubber-sealed, screw-topped jar, named after their British inventor - John Kilner. French Kilner jars are similar but have a...

Strainer

A type of sieve typically associated with separating liquids from solids.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Timer

Calibrated devices used for measuring and signalling the end of time intervals. Traditional egg timers consist of a sandglass that runs for three minutes, used to time the boiling of eggs....

Tin or can opener

A tin or can opener is a device used for opening metal cans. Both mechanical and electrical devices are available and they come in many shapes and sizes.For larger pictures of this and...

Toaster

A small electric kitchen appliance designed to toast bread products. A typical modern two-slice toaster uses between 600 and 1200 W and makes toast in 1 to 3 minutes.For larger pictures of this and...

Tongs

A gripping and lifting tool, of which there are many forms adapted to their specific use.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Whisk

A hooped metal implement that is used for whisking. They come in various sizes and can be both manual and hand-held electric devices.For larger pictures of this and other related...

Wok

Chinese cooking pan, like a frying pan but with a more rounded base, used for stir frying.Larger pictures of this and other related...


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