German Cooking and Baking Vocabulary to Snack On

Setting the Table: German Utensils

Before you eat, you must use some type of dish to capture your food. Here are some terms to help you set the table and prepare for a feast.

der Teller — plate

die Schale — bowl

die Tasse — cup

der Löffel — spoon

die Gabel — fork

das Messer — knife

die Serviette — napkin

die Tischdecke — tablecloth

Tools of the Trade

We’ve also got to have something to cook our meals in. Let’s look at the different vocabulary for the essential tools of cooking and baking.

der Spatel — spatula

die Kelle — ladle

die Zange — tongs

die Schaufel — scoop

die Pfanne — frying pan

die Bratpfanne — skillet

der Schongarer — crockpot

der Topf — saucepan

der Ofen — oven

der Mikrowellenherd — microwave

der Kocher — stove

der Kühlschrank — refrigerator

German Cooking and Baking Verbs

We’ve got the table set and the stove ready! How do we refer to our actions when cooking and baking? Here’s a list to start you off.

backen — to bake

braten — to broil

kochen — to cook

entrahmen — to cream

mischen — to blend

vermischen — to mix

rühren — to stir

schaufeln — to scoop

brodeln — to simmer

kochen — to boil

schneiden — to cut

vorbereiten — to prepare

putzen — to clean

hacken — to chop

vorheizen — to preheat

abschneiden — to slice

auspressen — to squeeze

kneten — to knead

grillen — to grill

messen — to measure

schmecken — to taste

The Art of Measuring: A Pinch of German

Measuring ingredients while using German recipes isn’t as easy as it might seem. German recipes, authentic ones, call for measurements in metric, rather than U.S. standard. My Best German Recipes offers a great resource for converting from metric to standard.

Here are some measuring terms to help you when cooking and baking.

die Tasse — cup

der Teelöffel — teaspoon

der Esslöffel — tablespoon

das Pfund — pound

die Unze — ounce

das Gramm — gram

das Milligramm — milligram

das Kilogramm — kilogram

der Milliliter — millileter

der Liter — liter

die Prise — pinch (as in a pinch of salt)

das Pint — pint

das Quart — quart

die Gallone — gallon

Baking Ingredients

Here’s a list of your common baking ingredients.

die Butter — butter

das Mehl — flour

der Zucker — sugar

brauner Zucker — brown sugar

das Salz — salt

der Pfeffer — pepper

das Ei — egg

die Milch — milk

die Creme — cream

das Backpulver — baking powder

die Speisesoda — baking soda

die Würze — seasoning

das Gewürz — spice

Cooking Ingredients

Here are a few terms for common cooking ingredients. Try these out next time you’re making dinner!

das Fleisch — meat

das Rindfleisch — beef

der Truthahn — turkey

die Wurst — sausage

das Hähnchen — chicken

der Speck — bacon

das Schweinefleisch — pork

der Fisch — fish

das Steak — steak

der Mais — corn

der Brokkoli — broccoli

die Brechbohne — green bean

der Sellerie — celery

der Mansch — squash

der Tofu — tofu

die Nudel — noodle

die Aufschnitte — cold cuts

Odds and Ends: Miscellaneous Terms

Here are a few common terms used when talking about cooking and baking.

das Rezept — recipe

dreizehn or dreizehn Stück — baker’s dozen

die Portion — portion

lecker — tasty/yummy

salzig — salty

gebrannt — burnt

süβ — sweet

schneidend — tart

scharf — spicy.

Remember, the more words you memorize and the better understanding you have of German culture (which is inseparable from food), the more native you’ll sound—and feel!

Source: FluentU

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