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To mix ingredients together with a circular up-and-down motion using a spoon, whisk, rotary, or electric beater.
To soften solid fats, often by adding a second ingredient, such as sugar, and working with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until the fat is creamy.
To work a dough by pressing it with the heels of the hands, folding it, turning it, and repeating each motion until the dough is smooth and elastic.
To soak meat in a solution containing acid, such as vinegar or tomato juice, that helps tenderize the connective tissue.
To add herbs, spices, or other ingredients to a food to increase the flavor of the food; to prepare a cooking utensil, such as a cast iron skillet, for cooking.
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