Let’s go in the kitchen and cook! You will learn basic kitchen vocabulary to help you in the kitchen! You can use an oven to bake a cake, a kettle to make tea, and a fry pan to cook eggs!
Learn English: Basic Kitchen Vocabulary video
Hello. Are you hungry? You better get to the kitchen. “The chicken? The kitchen.” Chicken — kitchen. Today, I’m going to teach you about vocabulary that you will find very useful if you’ve ever been in a kitchen. Now, the thing that’s confusing sometimes is that when you want to say “kitchen”, you say “chicken”. Oh, no! It’s okay. It’s funny. I do it all the time. Do I do it all the time? It’s a very natural mistake. So if you’re ever having a conversation in English, and you say “chicken” instead of “kitchen”, don’t worry. But we’re going to go through some kitchen vocabulary. My name is Ronnie. Let me take you through the magic of the kitchen.
The very, very first word that I’m going to teach you is “nuke”. “Nuke?” “Nuke” is a verb, and it’s a new word from the 1980s. That’s so new. It’s 30 years old. “Nuke” is the verb that we use for a microwave. A microwave maybe came out in 1981; I don’t know. I remember in my house getting one in 1983, and I could make popcorn, and it was amazing. So about the 1980s, we had this amazing thing called a “microwave”. You probably know what a “microwave” is. But if you don’t, it’s like a little oven that cooks your food really, really quickly. We actually developed a new word for this. We call it “nuke”. So I can say, “I nuke my food.” That means, “I put my food in the microwave.” Ding, ding, ding! And it’s ready to eat.
The next thing that we have is an “oven” or a “stove”. Now, “oven” and “stove” — same word. It does not matter if you say “oven” or “stove”. Who cares? I don’t. An “oven” or a “stove” — properly, the “stove” is actually a “stove top” where you would put things on top of the stovetop. And the “oven” is actually this part inside where you open the door.
Inside the oven part, at the bottom here, you can bake a cake for me. I like cheesecake. If you’d like to bake me a cake, please do send it to me at www.engvid.com. I will be happy to eat it. You can “grill” or “broil”. Now, “grill” and “broil” are the same. It just depends on what your oven says. When you “bake” something, the heat comes from the top and the bottom of the oven, and it’s distributed throughout. If you “grill” or “broil” something, the heat comes from the top, and it cooks it on the top of the meat or whatever you’re cooking. So the “broil” and the “grill” — the heat comes from the top. And “bake”; the heat comes from the top and the bottom. So depending on what you’re cooking would be the setting on what you’re going to use on your oven or your stove.
When we bake something, we usually have a certain temperature — 250 degrees, or you can have 400 degrees. One is Fahrenheit, and one is Celsius. Most of them have both, but if you don’t know on your recipe, you could always look on the Internet. It’s magic.
The next thing — speaking about magic — is a toaster. This is the most magical machine ever to be invented in your kitchen. Let me explain the magic of the toaster. You take a simple piece of bread. You put it in the toaster; press the button down; you wait. “Bing!” Out comes lovely, warm, crusty toast. This machine, very simply, is called a “toaster”. So you put bread into the toaster — like magic, it becomes “toast”.
The next appliance we have is a “kettle”. Now, if you like to drink tea or coffee, you’re going to love to have a kettle. A “kettle” is a machine that boils water. You can have one on your stovetop, or you can also have one that plugs into the wall. I’m not a very good artist — or am I? But if you can kind of use your imagination, these both are called “kettles”; they’re used for boiling water.
Do you like coffee? I love coffee. We also have what’s called a “coffeemaker”. I know. Sometimes, English makes sense. Guess what this makes. Coffee. So you press some buttons — some magic; water turns into coffee. It’s like water into wine but not as nice. Better in the morning, though.
The next thing that we have, another big appliance — these, by the way, are called “appliances” — is a “refrigerator”. We never bother saying “refrigerator”. We say “fridge”. And on top of the fridge, we have a “freezer”. Now, all of it is called a “fridge”, but the top part is called a “freezer”. A “freezer” is where there’s going to be ice, and things in it are going to be frozen. Frozen. So let’s say that you have a delicious frozen dinner, and you want to nuke it. You’re going to put it in the microwave.
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