#AtoZChallenge: #Cooking Terms – Ladle

LA ladle is a long handled utensil with a cup shaped bowl used for serving or transferring  liquids or other foods.  To ladle something means to lift out or serve using a ladle.

The word ladle comes from the Old English word hlædel which comes from hladan meaning to draw out.    The first recorded use of the word as a verb is somewhere around the 1520’s.    It is said that the use of ladles dates back to pre-historic times.

Ladles can be made out of a variety of materials such as metals (usually stainless steel or even silver), plastic, or some sort of wood (usually a hard wood).  They also come in different designs to serve different purposes.  Some examples would be condiment ladles, spaghetti ladles, and of course the soup ladle.  Generally speaking the size of a ladle is designed to be that of a single serving of the item (or items) in which it is designed for (though I’m not sure if I hundred percent agree with that or not).


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