Culinary Dictionary  "F"

Our ever growing online community Dictionary and Food and Culinary Terms, Phrases and Cooking Techniques that begin with the letter F.


Fava Bean(s)

Fava beans, probably made famous (or infamous) by Hannibal Lecter, are a tan, flat bean that looks like a large lima bean. It is generally available dried, canned, and, occasionally, fresh.


A tangy, crumbly Greek cheese made of sheep’s or goat’s milk that I could eat by the handful, if it’s of good quality. Feta epitomizes Greek Cuisine (to me anyway).


Refers to a piece of meat or fish that has no bones. As a verb, fillet refers to the process of cutting meat or fish into fillets.


A fritter is a fried food usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables or other ingredients.

Fold, Folding, to Fold

A method of very gently mixing ingredients without decreasing their volume i.e. folding nuts into a batter. To fold, use a rubber spatula to cut down vertically through the mixture from the back of the bowl. Move the spatula across the bottom of the bowl, and bring it back up the other side, carrying some of the mixture from the bottom up over the surface. Repeat these steps, rotating the bowl one-fourth of a turn each time you complete the process.