English Vocabulary Words: 22 things in the kitchen

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Measuring cup

Use a measuring cup to measure how much of each ingredient you need to use in the recipe. Many measuring cups are labeled in cups, ounces and milliliters.

Can opener

There is also an automatic type called an electric can opener.


Use a peeler to peel (remove the skin from) fruits and vegetables.


Use a grater to grate or shred food into small pieces.


A colander is often used to drain (remove the extra water) from cooked pasta.

Sieve / Strainer

A sieve or strainer is often used to separate liquids from solids.


A whisk is used for mixing.



A ladle is used for serving soup.


A pan is often used for frying food (cooking in oil).


A pot is often used for boiling food (cooking in water). The top part of the pot is called a lid or cover. It can be made of metal or glass.

Oven mitt & Potholder

An oven mitt (on the left) and a potholder (on the right) help protect your hands when you touch hot pots and pans.

Baking pan & Cookie sheet

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A baking pan is used for baking (cooking things in the oven) foods such as cake and cookies. A flatter version is called a cookie sheet:


You can use tongs to pick up food.

Utensils (Knife, Spoon, Fork)

You use a knife, fork, and spoon to eat food. Together, these items are called utensils.


You can serve soup, salad, or fruit in a bowl.


You can serve food on a plate.

Plastic container

You can put leftovers (food that you will save for later) in a plastic container.

Sandwich bag / Ziploc bag

You can also preserve food in a sandwich bag. One very popular brand of sandwich bags is Ziploc, so some people call these Ziploc bags.

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