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Culinary terms with S

salad - noun - A dish typically made of a mixture of various ingredients, often including raw, chopped vegetables, and sometimes fruits, nuts, or proteins, usually served with a dressing. It can be a side dish or a main course.

sauce - noun - A liquid or semi-liquid substance, often seasoned or flavored, used to add moisture, flavor, or visual appeal to other dishes. Sauces can range from simple gravies to complex reductions and are used in many different cuisines.

sausage - noun - A type of processed meat made by grinding or chopping meat, often mixed with spices and other flavorings, and typically encased in a thin casing. Sausages can be cooked in various ways and are a popular ingredient in many cultures.

sauté - verb, cooking method - Sautéing is cooking food in small amounts of fat or oil in a pan at a fairly high heat.

scraps - Leftover bits of food or waste materials that are often discarded after meal preparation or consumption.

scullery - name - A room adjacent to the kitchen, used for cleaning and storage of cookware, or carrying out dirty cooking tasks and other menial kitchen work.

seafood - noun - It refers to any form of sea life regarded as food by humans, primarily including fish and shellfish, such as crabs, lobsters, and clams. It's a popular ingredient in various cuisines, valued for its unique flavors and often used in healthy diets.

seasoning - noun - Any herb, spice, or other substance added to food to enhance its flavor, making it more delicious and aromatic. Common examples include salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs like basil and oregano.

seed - noun - A seed is the small, edible part of a flowering plant, often encased in a fruit, which can be planted to grow a new plant. In cooking, seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame are used for their flavor, texture, and nutritional benefits.

serviette - noun, chiefly British English, linen - Napkin in U.S. English. A serviette is a piece of cloth or paper used at the dining table to wipe the mouth and hands or to protect clothing during a meal.

silent butler - noun, kitchen tool - A silent butler is a small, portable container with a hinged lid, typically used to discreetly collect table crumbs, ashes, or other small waste, aiding in keeping dining areas clean.

simmer - verb, cooking method - boil food gently, usually covered with a lid. Cook gently in boiling water, broth, or other liquid, over a low heat.

shellfish - noun -Shellfish refers to a type of seafood consisting of invertebrates like clams, oysters, and shrimp, which have a hard outer shell. These are often enjoyed for their tender, flavorful flesh and are a popular choice in various cuisines.

shortening - noun - A type of fat, such as butter, lard, or vegetable-based fats, used in baking to make pastries and breads flaky and tender. It's mixed into dough or batter to prevent the formation of long gluten strands, resulting in a softer texture.

skewers - Thin sticks made of wood or metal to hold food in place while cooking, as in kebabs. Food is pierced.

slop - Semi-liquid, often unappetizing or low-quality food, or the waste food used to feed pigs.

soup - noun - A liquid dish, typically made by simmering meat, fish, vegetables, and seasonings in water or broth, often containing pieces of solid food. It's a versatile and comforting food, served hot or cold, and can range from light broths to hearty stews.

spatula - Kitchen utensil with a broad, flat blade at one end. Used to remove food from bowls, pans and other containers.

spice - noun - A part of a plant, often a seed or leaf, that's used to add flavor to food. These can include things like pepper, cinnamon, or herbs, and they're usually dried and ground up.

spice box / spice rack - noun, kitchen accesory - A spice box or spice rack is a container or shelf designed to organize and store various spices, making them easily accessible during cooking and meal preparation.

steam - verb, cooking method - Cook food over boiling water, without actually touching the liquid. Food can be placed on a covered pan on top of a steamer, a colander in a pan with simmering water half-way up, or in an adjustable steamer basket.

stew - name, type of food, verb, cooking method - As a type of food, stew is a hearty dish made by slowly cooking a mix of ingredients, typically meat and vegetables, in a flavorful liquid. It's known for being a comforting and filling meal, often enjoyed in colder weather. 

As a cooking method, stewing is a method of cooking food slowly in liquid; vegetables and meat are often stewed - name - a stew is food cooked slowly in liquid.

sustenance - name - Food and drink regarded as a source of strength and nourishment that is necessary for survival and health.

sweetener - noun - A sweetener is a substance, like sugar or syrup, used to make food or drinks taste sweet. It can be natural, like honey, or artificial, like aspartame, and is used in a variety of foods and beverages.

swill - Low-quality or waste food given to animals (especially pigs), or a large quantity of drink consumed quickly.

syrup - noun - A thick, super sweet liquid made from sugar, molasses, or glucose and can transform anything from pancakes to cocktails into a delicious treat. It is your best friend when you want to add a touch of sweetness to your dish.