CTE Task: Mastering Basic Mixing Methods

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Culinary Arts III


1 hour


Mastering Basic Mixing Methods

Task Description


In this activity, students will

  1. watch the “Mixing Methods in Baking” instructional video and complete the accompanying worksheet guide;
  2. create their own mixing methods instructional video using Flipgrid.

Culinary Arts III, Standard 16: Compare and contrast the variety of mixing methods used in commercial kitchens. Demonstrate and practice these methods determined by the nature of the ingredient and desired product. Mixing methods include, but are not limited to: beat, blend, cream, cut in, fold, knead, and whip. Either record a video or take a picture to demonstrate mastery of techniques to place in the student portfolio. Execute proper mixing techniques when mixing ingredients in labs.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify the various mixing methods, including creaming, stirring, beating, blending, whipping, binding, folding, and cutting in, used in commercials kitchens;
  • demonstrate the ability to execute each primary mixing methods;
  • use clear and effective terms to describe the process involved in each mixing method


To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • Explain why it is important to use proper mixing methods in baking, illustrating with specific examples.  


Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions


















Whipping or whisking





Cut and fold










Cutting in







______________ allows you to develop a soft, fluffy combination of flour and batter and should eliminate any grainy particles.


A tried-and-true mixing method, ____________ is often carried out by rotating a wooden spoon through the mixture until all ingredients are combined.


Whether you do it with a fork, wire whisk, or electric mixer, __________ is a method that incorporates air into the mixture.


You use ___________ when you want to thoroughly mix ingredients together so they become one.


If someone hands you eggs or cream and asks you to select a method that will incorporate air to make them thick and fluffy, then you’ll use _________________.



To _____________, you should cut vertically into your mixture with a spoon and turn the mixture over and over by gliding the spoon against the bottom of the bowl during each rotation.


____________ is best done by hand and involves working with two ingredients gently and carefully to retain air in the mixture.  


If you see someone cuts fats (like butter) into small pieces and then coating them with flour to form a coarse mixture, they’re likely using ____________ to make a mixture for pastries or biscuits.  


____________ involves adding a liquid to a dry mixture to hold it together.

Why is important to effectively distinguish between the various mixing methods used in commercial kitchens?


Teacher Instructional Materials (See Appendix):

Mixing Methods Video Guide Worksheet

Make Your Own Mixing Methods Instruction Video Activity

Make Your Own Mixing Methods Instruction Video Teacher Rubric


Teacher/Student Instructional Videos:

Mixing Methods in Baking (Teacher D. (2020, Aug 9). Mixing Methods in Baking/Basic Mixing Techniques in Baking/Mixing Techniques in Baking [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omG6K9moAVE)


Teacher/Student Instructional Materials:

Flipgrid tutorial (New EdTech Classroom. (2020, March 16). How to Teach Remotely with Flipgrid. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzX13jw7bw)


Mastering Basic Mixing Methods

Activity Steps:

  1. Students will first watch the “Mixing Methods in Baking” instructional video (running time: 7:25) and complete the accompanying worksheet to assess comprehension.
  2. Using the “Mixing Methods in Baking” instructional video as their model, students will demonstrate mastery of each mixing method by creating their own instructional video using Flipgrid. Note: Flipgrid allows a maximum video length of ten minutes. Students should strive for their instructional videos to be around 7-8 minutes.


Mixing Methods Instructional Video Teacher Rubric


Mixing Methods Instructional Video Teacher Rubric




Video Planning: 10 points

______ Completed the instructional video planning chart 



Instructional Video Content: 60

______ Student introduced the mixing method

______ Student described the mixing methods using clear and accessible terminology

______ Student demonstrated each method such that it’s clear they’re on their way to achieving mastery



Video Presentation: 30

______ Student spoke clearly and slowly throughout the video OR

______ Student included written information free of typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings and in an readable font and color

______ Student presented their content in a well-organized and thoughtful manner

______ Student had fun with their instructional video, but still remained professional  



Deductions: -5

______ Deduct 5 points for each mixing method left out of instructional video




Total: ______/ 100


Student Resources

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“Mixing Methods in Baking” Video Guide

Instructions: Complete the following video guide as you watch “Mixing Methods in Baking”.


  1. In ______________, ingredients are moved in which directions? _____________________________


  1. Fat and sugar are beaten together until they take on a light, air texture. This process describes ____________________.


  1. _______________ or ______________ involves distributing solid fat in dry ingredients with a bench scraper, two knives, a____________, your fingertips, or with a ____________.


  1. In folding, one ingredient is _______________ incorporated into another by ___________ with a large spoon or spatula.


  1. Whip or _____________ occurs when _________ is incorporated into foods such as whipping cream and egg whites through a vigorous mixing process.


  1. In _____________, you mix ingredients thoroughly together until they become one.


  1. This method is the simplest one because it involves mixing all ingredients together with a utensil, usually a spoon, using a _______________ motion. The method is____________.


  1. Binding involves adding a liquid, such as a ________________ or _______________, to a dry mixture to hold it together.




Make Your Own Mixing Methods Instructional Video Activity

Instructions: Now that you’ve become familiar with the main basic mixing methods, you get to create your own instructional video. The instructions are simple—you want to showcase each basic mixing method by using proper technique. Your video should be 7-8 minutes, but should not exceed 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be perfect (we’re human, mistakes happen), but needs to be professional and educational. Below you’ll find additional guidelines and planning tips to help you get started.


Student Planning Chart

Did you include each of the mixing methods listed below?


Additional Thoughts

  1. Beating
  2. Binding
  3. Blending
  4. Creaming
  5. Cutting in/Cut in
  6. Folding
  7. Stirring
  8. Whipping/Whisking
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  2. _______
  3. _______
  4. _______
  5. _______
  6. _______
  7. _______
  8. _______



Did you include or ensure that you….


Additional Thoughts 

  1. Used either voiceover (you speaking) or written instructions on the screen (like the video you watched)?
  2. Introduced each method by name and included a brief description?
  3. Demonstrated each method clearly and effectively?
  4. Explained each method so that a beginner could understand the process?
  5. Kept the video to 7-8 minutes, but definitely did not exceed 10 minutes?
  6. Had fun in your video, but still kept it professional?
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