Old-school Terminology

dash – 1/8 tsp or slightly less

heaping – to fill completely or to overflowing

pinch – an amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger

scald – to heat a liquid such as milk to just below the boiling point  (scald also means to plunge a food into boiling water to loosen the peel)

scant – not quite full

size of a walnut – usually referring to butter, equal to about 2 tablespoons

skillet – a frying pan

sliver – to cut a food into thin strips or pieces

smidgen – a very small quantity or portion

stew – to simmer slowly in a small amount of liquid for a long time

truss – to secure poultry with string or skewers, to hold its shape while cooking

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