It’s neither itsy nor bitsy, and you won’t find it climbing up a a waterspout. So what makes this stock-making essential a spider? 

No idea. A spider is a flat mesh basket attached to a long handle used for retrieving food from hot liquid or a deep-fryer, or for skimming off the layer of stuff that rises to the top of stock while it’s boiling. In fact, a spider is also known as a skimmer. But making perfect sense never clarified a broth properly now, did it? 

Use today’s Word of the Day: Why Make Stock, Broth and Bouillon?