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snow crab A type of crab found in the North Pacific region, may be cooked by frying or broiling but the easiest way is to steam them in a large pot with a little boiling water until they turn a nice orangey color. Live crabs should be cooked the day they are purchased and refrigerated until cooking. Cook raw crabmeat within 24 hours of when the crab dies. Crab can then be shelled and used in recipes or dipped in drawn butter as with lobster.
soft crack stage In candy making, the test for sugar syrup describing the point at which a drop of boiling syrup dropped in cold water separates into hard though pliable threads. On a candy thermometer, this is between 270 degrees and 290 degrees.
stick of butter one stick or cube of butter equals 1/2 cup.
stock A strained broth made by cooking any vegetable, meat, seafood, or poultry in water. Used for soups and sauces.
sweat, to to cook (usually vegetables) over low heat, causing their juices to be released and their sweetness enhanced while becoming translucent rather than colored
T. In a recipe T. is the abreviation for 1 tablespoon as in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.¨
tahini Sesame seed paste used in Middle Eastern cooking.
tamarin French for the tamarind, a tropical tree and its acid, pod-like fruit. The leaves and flowers are eaten as a vegetable; the pulp used to make preserves, sauces and chutneys largely in Eastern cooking. The seeds are ground into a meal and baked as cakes. The fruit has laxative properties.
tart Pastry shell with shallow sides and no top crust that is filled with a savory or sweet filling.
tempering Process of heating and cooling chocolate which improves the malleability and gloss. Typically used for chocolate candy dipping or decorations.

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