large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned
There was a brown mat directly in front of her, with a set of ceramic bowls to her left and a kettle on a
to her right.New York Times (Dec 6, 2019)
Someone who works with brass is called a
brazier, and so is a flat pan for burning charcoal. If you have one of those black kettle grills, that's similar to a
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
The signs are coy at first, on the westbound 118 Freeway,
through sandstone crags that are 70 million years old.Washington Post (Nov 3, 2019)
cleave something is to chop it in two. A
cleaver is a large, heavy knife, often with a rectangular profile, frequently seen in butcher shops where they're used for hacking through bony joints of meat.
bowl-shaped strainer used to wash or drain foods
tableware implements for eating food
Old French for knife is
coutel, and a knife-maker is a
coutelier. In English, a
cutler is a person who makes knives and other implements.
a conically shaped utensil with a narrow tube at one end
reduce to shreds by rubbing against a perforated surface
The Old French verb
gratter, meaning "to scrape" or "to abrade," gives us this word. A
grater is a metal sheet, cylinder, or box perforated with sharp-edged holes and used to cut vegetables, cheeses, and other foods into uniformly tiny pieces.
a metal pot with a lid for stewing or boiling
a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle
Though it's not common these days, the verb to
lade means "to load up," and a
ladle is used to fill a vessel with a liquid from a larger container. You'll still see the word
laden referring to something weighed down with cargo, and if you sign for a shipment off a truck the paper listing the truck contents is called a bill of
the distinctive form in which a thing is made
This durable case is
from a durable polyethylene, which the company says was built to better fit golf bags of any size.Golf Digest (Mar 5, 2020)
a vessel in which substances can be ground with a pestle
Good nam prik is made in a
, a little at a time, and though it’s often called a “dip” or “relish” in English, translation diminishes it.New York Times (Feb 11, 2020)
Mortar comes from the Latin
mortarium, meaning "a vessel for pounding or grinding." Every culture in the world has a version of this tool, and some of the oldest tools ever found by archaeologists are stone slabs or bowls used by prehistoric people to grind grain and other foods.
a hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
mortar isn't much use without a
Pestle comes from the Latin
pistillum, which is also the root of
pistil, the pollen-bearing stalk in the center of a flower.
a measuring instrument for weighing
a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material
Strain the milk mixture through a
lined with a layer of cheesecloth, pressing on the chamomile flowers to extract as much cream as possible.Salon (Mar 1, 2020)
a pan used for frying foods
, Impossible meat browns, renders fat, breaks up under a wooden spoon and cooks just like ground beef.New York Times (Mar 3, 2020)
Skillet's origins are unclear, though it's likely Anglo-Norman. Chances are there's an old cast-iron
skillet in your family's kitchen; these heavy pans are prized for their naturally non-stick surfaces, their ability to hold heat, and their long lives. A good one can be passed down from generation to generation.
a hand tool with a thin flexible blade
The pressure pushed down against the top of my bubble like a
trying to flatten a pancake.Monday's Not Coming
a stand, often with short feet, used under a hot dish
Mr. Lewis went for a design with symmetry and contrast — the orange sweet potato and singed meringue in a black oval casserole against a geometric black
.New York Times (Nov 20, 2018)
Trivet is likely an evolution of the Latin
triped, meaning "three feet," which is also the origin of
an implement for practical use
Like a big factory with everyone dressed in plastic aprons and gloves, we took our places in the assembly line, seasoning chicken, chopping vegetables, baking rolls, and napkin-wrapping
.Monday's Not Coming
Utensilis is Latin for "useful," so a
utensil is just that: a helpful tool, usually in the kitchen.
a mixer incorporating a coil of wires
Pour in the polenta in a thin, steady stream,
as you do so, then keep
for another minute.The Guardian (Mar 7, 2020)
Whisk is both a noun and a verb: the thing you use to beat eggs and the motion of doing so.