The Cooking Quiz

By: Isadora Teich

The Cooking Quiz
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About This Quiz

Many people love to cook, but for some people the thought of even making simple scrambled eggs is anxiety-inducing. Not everyone can stand the heat! Whether you are a home cook with a passion for flavors or someone with some food industry chops, it is a must that you know your way around the kitchen. While you can execute a flawless creme brulee, or excel at making the kinds of snacks that kids love, cooking is an important skill to have.  

Whether you love to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner dishes, knowing a few simple tricks can really stop you from spending your life savings on takeout. It is also healthier to cook from home, and skills in the kitchen always impress others. Nothing feels better, however, than making something delicious yourself from start to finish. Well, except maybe getting to enjoy it after it is done. Many people also enjoy cooking for their loved ones to show that they want to take care of them. 

If you are a kitchen whiz with cooking skills as sharp as a carving knife, it's time to put yourself to the test. See if you can chop your way to the top of this fiery cooking quiz! 


The two main types of cooking methods are moist heat cooking and:
High temperature cooking
Dry heat cooking
In the culinary arts, there are two main cooking methods that all cooking techniques fall under. These are moist heat cooking and dry heat cooking.
Frying
Baking

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What is an egg wash used for?
Sealing pastries
An egg wash is a mixture of egg and water. It is used to seal pastries and brushed on top before they are baked to give them a glossy look.
Thickening sauces
Washing eggs
Scrambling eggs

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How do you stop food from spinning on a skewer when you grill or roast it?
Burn it.
Use an extra skewer.
Using two skewers instead of one stops food from spinning. This can be especially handy on the grill.
Use food glue.
You can't.

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What cooking technique is used to create a cake?
Blanching
Caramelization
Fermentation
Baking
Baking is the technique used to create cake and many other desserts. It is a type of dry heat cooking.

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Curing was originally done to ________ food.
Tenderize
Soften
Flavor
Preserve
Curing are various processes through which food is preserved. Dehydration was the earliest form of food curing.

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What can you replace shallots with in recipes?
Capers
Pineapple
Tomatoes
Garlic and onions
Shallots are in the same family as garlic and onions. If a recipe calls for some but you don't have any on hand or can't find them in the store, they can be replaced with onions and garlic.

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Should you always follow the cooking times on recipes exactly?
Yes
No
Cooking times can depend on many factors, such as the product you are using and the size, shape and functionality of your oven. Cooking times on recipes give you a solid idea of about when your food will be done, but you will have to check yourself.

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What should you always do before seasoning your food?
Take its temperature.
Let it cool completely.
Nothing
Taste it.
Always taste your food before adding seasoning. This is how you can make sure it tastes perfect.

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Should you rinse pasta before you cook it?
Yes
No
Some starches benefit from being rinsed before cooked, like rice. Pasta is not one of those starches.

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Where should you keep your spices?
On the windowsill
Next to the stove
In a cabinet
Spices can lose their flavor when exposed to heat, humidity and light. It's best to keep them safely tucked away in a cabinet.
Outside

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Which type of cooking involves both boiling and freezing water?
Barbecue
Deep Frying
Blanching
Blanching usually involves fruits and vegetables. They are first boiled for a short time, and then plunged into iced water.
Pickling

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What should you do to steaks before seasoning and grilling them?
Tenderize them.
Cut them up.
Let them rest.
Steak should be at room temperature before it is seasoned and grilled. Whether it is from the freezer or fridge, this means it needs to come down in temperature before it is cooked.
Salt them.

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What kind of bread makes the best French toast?
Stale
Stale bread makes the best French toast. This is because it has hardened enough to soak up flavor without losing its structure.
Fresh
Brioche
Homemade

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What is the secret to crispy homemade fries?
Salt
No oil
Soaking the potatoes
Soaking your sliced potatoes before frying them helps remove some of their starch. This makes them crispier when fried.
Burning them

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Which of these is a kitchen pantry staple?
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
All of the above
Most recipes call for basic spices and oil. This is why they are pantry staples.

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How can you increase the shelf-life of an avocado half?
Lemon juice
Scoring it
Leaving the pit intact
If you want to save half an avocado for later, make sure to save the half with the pit still in it in your fridge. This will give you more time to enjoy it.
Salt

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What never spoils?
Butter
Honey
Honey is a natural preservative. This means that it never spoils.
Spinach
Frozen food

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What should you never do when using a skillet?
Use a lot of oil.
Use a low heat.
Overcrowd it.
If you put too much in your skillet, heat will not distribute evenly. This can especially be a problem when cooking meat.
Only cook one food.

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The basic vinaigrette ratio is ____ parts oil to 1 part vinegar.
0
2
3
Vinaigrettes are a staple for all kinds of salads. The most classic ones involve 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.
6

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A confit has been cooked in:
Grease
Oil
Syrup
Any of the above
Confit is any food that has been cooked slowly over a long period of time in oil, grease or syrup. This was originally a French preservation technique.

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Do ground spices last forever?
Yes
No
Savvy shoppers might want to buy spices in bulk to save money. Be sure to smell your ground spices occasionally. If they don't smell like anything, they have lost their taste and you are cooking with flavorless powder.

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What will make your water boil faster?
Salt
A low temperature
Putting the lid on the pot
According to an old wives tale, salting your water makes it boil faster. If you are really in a time crunch, put a lid on your boiling water pot.
Not watching it

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What kind of cutting board should you avoid?
Glass
Glass cutting boards are slippery and make terrible noises when used. They also dull your knives more than other types of cutting boards.
Plastic
Wood
Bamboo

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Which of these vegetables can benefit from being seasoned with a little sugar?
Carrots
Squash
Tomatoes
All of the above
All of these vegetables have a natural sweetness that can really be brought out with a little sugar. However, don't overdo it.

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Which involves the most oil?
Deep frying
Deep frying involves a food being fully submerged in oil to cook. This method involves a lot of oil.
Pan frying
Boiling
Fermentation

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Should you put solids into your blender first?
Yes
No
You should pour liquids into your blender before solids. This takes the stress off your blender motor and makes for a smoother and creamier result.

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What can ruin perfectly cooked meat?
Cutting against the grain
Cutting with the grain
Always slice meat against the grain. If you don't, it can make even the most tender and perfectly cooked piece of meat chewy.
Cutting it with scissors
Slicing it thinly

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Soaking onions in _______ stops them from making you cry when you slice them.
Orange juice
Milk
Green tea
Ice water
Soak onions in ice water for 10 minutes before chopping them up. This removes a lot of their eye-burning sting.

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What should you know about an oil before you cook with it?
Where it comes from
Its smoke point
Oils have different smoke points, or temperatures at which they burn and give food an odd flavor. For example, olive oil has a relatively low smoke point, so if you use it for high heat cooking such as deep frying, your food might taste off.
Its density
Its sugar content

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What can you add to pasta water to season it?
Salt and olive oil
Add salt and olive oil to pasta water to season pasta. The salt adds flavor and the olive oil prevents the noodles from sticking together. Do NOT use the oil, however, if you are going to be adding a sauce that you want to stick to the noodles, such as marinara or pomodoro.
Pepper
Canola oil
Sour cream and chives

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What is a roux made from?
Oil and water
A fat source and flour
Roux are used to thicken gravy, sauces, and stews. They are a staple of Creole cooking and are made from flour and a source of fat whisked together over heat.
Butter and cream
Cream and baking soda

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In order to caramelize onions, you need to cook them over a _________ heat for a long time.
High
Medium-high
Medium
Low
Caramelizing onions breaks them down and releases their sweetness. The key is cooking them for a long time over a low heat.

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The key to successfully marinating meat is:
Doubling your marinade
Long marination
The longer you marinate meat, the more it will absorb those flavors. Many meats benefit from overnight marination.
Using more salt
Using fruit

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Chicken Amandine and Tilapia Amandine are both garnished with:
Mayonnaise
Almonds
Amandine is an old school culinary term. It refers to a dish that is garnished with whole, flaked or toasted almonds.
Bread crumbs
Cicada

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In order to make a reduction you need to ________ a liquid.
Simmer
A reduction is the process of intensifying the flavor of a wine, sauce or other liquid by simmering or boiling it in a pan. This also makes the liquid thicker.
Pan fry
Char
Bake

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