A Comprehensive Glossary of Culinary Terms – X

Think you know every culinary term used in your kitchen? Get ready to think again.

Reading a recipe and aren’t sure about some of the ingredients, terms, and recipe techniques included?

Recipes can sometimes be a minefield of terms, jargon and foreign words. Even for the most gifted Chefs, there are terms in a recipe that make them stop and say “huh?”.

Don’t worry, we have compiled an extensive list of common culinary terms to help you out!

Some of the most common are defined here. Take a look at our list to get cooking.

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Xanthan gum

A food additive, commonly used as a food thickening agent (in salad dressings, for example), that is water-soluble and produced by the fermentation of sugar with certain microorganisms.

Xylitol

Widely used as a sugar substitute in sugar-free chewing gums, mints, and other candies. It is roughly as sweet as sucrose (table sugar), with about 33 calories per unit weight. Unlike other natural or synthetic sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing caries (cavities) to a third in regular use and helpful to remineralization. Fair evidence was found that xylitol (as chewing gum, lozenges, nasal spray, etc.) reduced the incidence of acute middle ear infection in healthy children.

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