Tartar - What is it? There are many types of Tartar - How Many Can You Name?
November 15, 2008 12:31am CST
My son came to me the other day and asked me a rather random question. He wanted to know what tartar was exactly. He said there are so many different kinds of tartar and if they are somehow related to one another or why if they are not do they share the same name with so many other things. I can tell you of the various forms of tartar that we came up with below: Tartar Sauce - This is a condiment that can be made by mixing pickle relish and mayonnaise. This sauce is based on the original French phrase sauce tartare. It is usually served with fried or oven baked fish, seafood, or fish sticks. Steak Tartare - This is a meat dish made from finely chopped or ground raw beef. It is commonly served with a raw egg on top. (Now to me that is a meatball or meatloaf waiting to happen - ). I have found that the word Tartare is derived from the name Tartars or Tatars which are an ethnic people from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Cream of Tartar - This is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid. It is commonly used for many culinary and other household purposes such as stabilizing egg whites, especially when making meringue, etc. And finally Tartar - As in tartar on the teeth. This is dental plaque which is calcified deposits on the teeth that are yellow in appearance and can cause bad breath and tooth decay. So, I do not think that these are in any way related but it is a good example of how the English language uses a word or similar words to describe many different thing and items. I think it would be very confusing to learn this language if I had not been born and raised with it. So, what do you all think about this? Do you have any other Tartars to add to the list that I might have forgotten? Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
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