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  1. Which of these is not considered a mother sauce?
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    Béchamel
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    Espagnole
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    Velouté
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    Chimichurri
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    Chimichurri is not considered a mother sauce.

    The five mother sauces are béchamel, velouté, espagnole, hollandaise, and tomato. They are the building blocks of many classic dishes and are one of the first things you learn in culinary school. Chimichurri is a pesto-like sauce that is typically served with grilled meat.

    Chimichurri is not considered a mother sauce.
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  2. Roux is typically made with flour and what?
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    Butter
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    Broth or stock
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    White wine
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    Whipped egg whites
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    Roux is typically made with flour and butter.

    Roux (pronounced ROO) is a cooked mixture of flour and butter used to thicken soups, stews, and braises. Learn how to make it here.

    Roux is typically made with flour and butter.
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  3. What does tomato concasse refer to? 
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    A raw tomato purée
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    A tomato that has been peeled, seeded, and chopped
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    A tomato that has been cooked in fat
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    A tomato preserved in vinegar
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    Tomato concasse refers to a tomato that has been peeled, seeded, and chopped.

    This method of preparing a tomato is typically used for bruschetta. Learn how to make tomato concasse here.

    Tomato concasse refers to a tomato that has been peeled, seeded, and chopped.
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  4. What temperature should poultry be cooked to?
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    165°
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    145°
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    185°
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    125°
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    The recommended internal temperature‎ for cooking poultry is 165°.

    Learning how to properly cook meat is one of the most important things you learn in culinary school. Learn the internal cooking temperature of other items here.

    The recommended internal temperature‎ for cooking poultry is 165°.
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  5. What is a convection oven?
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    An electric oven
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    An oven with steam capabilities
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    An oven that circulates heat with a fan
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    An oven with microwaving capabilities
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    A convection oven is an oven that circulates heat with a fan.

    These ovens cook food faster and more evenly. Learn more about cooking in convection ovens here.

    A convection oven is an oven that circulates heat with a fan.
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  6. What does the term <i>chiffonade</i> mean?
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    To shock something in ice water
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    To cut something into thin ribbons
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    A chef who focuses on sauces
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    A chef who focuses on grilling
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    Chiffonade is a technique used to cut leafy vegetables into thin ribbons.

    It is usually used to cut basil and other flat herbs. Learn how to execute the technique here.

    Chiffonade is a technique used to cut leafy vegetables into thin ribbons.
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  7. What does it mean to scald something?
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    To heat a liquid just below the boiling point&nbsp;
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    To brown something in a very hot pan
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    To bring a sauce to a rapid boil
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    To brown something under direct heat
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    Scalding is when you bring a liquid to a temperature just below the boiling point.

    Scalding milk is a common technique used to make yeast breads lighter. This technique deactivates the protein in milk that can prevent bread from rising.

    Scalding is when you bring a liquid to a temperature just below the boiling point.
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  8. What is a demi-glace?
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    A glaze made from equal parts milk and sugar
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    Stock that has been reduced until concentrated
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    Meat that is cooked in a sweet sauce
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    Milk that has been reduced until very thick
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    Demi-glace is stock that has been reduced until concentrated.

    It is a very flavorful sauce that can be served by itself or used as the base for others. Learn how to make it here.

    Demi-glace is stock that has been reduced until concentrated.
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  9. What is the classic oil-to-vinegar ratio when making a vinaigrette?
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    One part oil to three parts vinegar
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    Equal parts oil and vinegar
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    Three parts oil to one part vinegar
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    Two parts oil to one part vinegar
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    The classic vinaigrette ratio is three parts oil to one part vinegar.

    Sounds like a lot of oil, right? Learn how to make it here.

    The classic vinaigrette ratio is three parts oil to one part vinegar.
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  10. What is a&nbsp;consommé?
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    Stock that has been reduced by half
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    A mixture of carrot, celery, and onion
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    Broth made from beef bones
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    A clarified soup
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    A consommé is a type of clarified soup.

    It is one of the most difficult techniques you learn in culinary school. Learn how to make the crystal clear soup here.

    A consommé is a type of clarified soup.
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