Category: B

  • Base box

    A unit of area of tin plate equivalent to 31.360 sq. in. The term “90 lb. plate” means tin plate of such thickness that the above area weighs 90 lbs.  

  • Barritos

    A mixture of scrambled eggs and spices, pumpkin seeds, herbs and yogurt with sliced tomatoes rolled up into wheat or corn tortillas. Chopped ham, bacon and fish can be added.  

  • Barrier


    Term used to describe materials that retard or prevent water (thus, water barrier), grease (thus, grease barrier) or water-vapor resistant (thus, prevent transmission of water vapor). Object or structure that blocks an action or flow or separates parts from one another. An obstacle, impediment, obstruction, boundary, or separation.  

  • Bar code

    Bar code

    A system of coding products for computer readout used to improve inventory control, pricing and manufacturing schedules. A parallel array of alternately spaced black bars and white spaces representing a coded number, numbers, or letters, depending on the format employed. It is used clinically for patient sample identification.  

  • Barbeque


    To cook in a highly seasoned vinegar sauce usually over coals or in a spit.  

  • Banquet

    A meal taken in company of others. The word banquet literally means a little bench, and in fact a banquet was originally a small snack eaten while sitting on a low bench, a snack that escalated, over centuries, into the elaborate series of dishes that the word banquet now signifies. Ultimately, banquet traces its origin…

  • Baking soda

    Baking soda

    Leavening agent which acts through release of carbon dioxide during baking. Leavening agent that releases CO2 when wet. The gas is trapped in the dough mix, giving volume and fragility or tenderness to the mix when baked. Bicarbonate of soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is an inorganic substance utilized as a leavening agent. It…

  • Bake


    To cook by dry heat in an oven. The most interesting facts about the word bake do not involve what it developed from, but what it developed into. Near the beginning of the eleventh century, the word appeared in Old English as bacan, having developed from a Germanic and—before that—an Indo-European source that meant simply…

  • Baklava


    A Middle Eastern sweet made from many layers of thin pastry and butter, and covered with chopped nuts and syrup. This particular delicacy is a sumptuous confectionary treat consisting of multiple layers of exceptionally thin pastry. Its luscious center is replete with a butter and nut blend, which is then lavishly drizzled with a generous…

  • Baguette


    French bread. The Greek word bakterion, meaning rod or stick, is the source of both baguette, a stick-shaped loaf of French bread, and of bacteria, the stick-shaped microorganisms that surround us everywhere. The Greek bakterion gave rise to the Latin baculum, which evolved into the Italian bacchio, still with the sense of stick. The diminutive…