Plastic Chef Neelix

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(Neelix lacks even basic sauce making skills.)
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It's someone understandable in the context of filming something cooking on screen to use an obviously visible flame but what we see Neelix doing goes well beyond that.  In every cooking operation we see Neelix doing he is always doing so with the flames so high that fire licks up to sometimes half the height of the sides of the stop pot he is preparing sauce in.  Something that any good cook will tell you is those kinds of heat levels are only useful in a vary narrow number of application, wok based cooking a good example.  This goes to explain why we see Neelix overcooking or even outright burning food on multiple occasions.  <ref>[[VOY]] "Flashback", [[VOY]] "Learning Curve"</ref>
 
It's someone understandable in the context of filming something cooking on screen to use an obviously visible flame but what we see Neelix doing goes well beyond that.  In every cooking operation we see Neelix doing he is always doing so with the flames so high that fire licks up to sometimes half the height of the sides of the stop pot he is preparing sauce in.  Something that any good cook will tell you is those kinds of heat levels are only useful in a vary narrow number of application, wok based cooking a good example.  This goes to explain why we see Neelix overcooking or even outright burning food on multiple occasions.  <ref>[[VOY]] "Flashback", [[VOY]] "Learning Curve"</ref>
 
  
 
== Neelix lacks even basic sauce making skills. ==
 
== Neelix lacks even basic sauce making skills. ==
  
Neelix is seen in the episode, Learning Curve, to be making macaroni and cheese where his solution for making a cheese based sauce was to take a chunk of solid cheese and just toss it into a pot filled with macaroni and leave it at that.  While with some soft young cheeses this is possible, even with those cheese and experience cook will melt the cheese into a separate saucepan and integrate it into a sauce then add that to the pasta.  Also this is another place where his inability to ever turn down his burners will generally spell disaster as the pasta should be very over cooked before the cheese will become anything close to a stable sauce.   
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Neelix is seen in the episode, Learning Curve, to be making macaroni and cheese where his solution for making a cheese-based sauce was to take a chunk of solid cheese and just toss it into a pot filled with macaroni and leave it at that.  While with some soft young cheeses this is possible, even with those cheese and experience cook will melt the cheese into a separate saucepan and integrate it into a sauce then add that to the pasta.  Also this is another place where his inability to ever turn down his burners will generally spell disaster as the pasta should be very over cooked before the cheese will become anything close to a stable sauce.   
  
 
His high burners also means that when he is making a large amount of a spaghetti-type sauce he is required to make use of constant tending of the stew-pot that the sauce is cooking in in order to prevent it from burning.  This is something that does not tend to produce a tomato sauce that will have much of anything that could be called good flavor or texture.  This may be the reason [[Tom Paris]] expressed annoyance at the quality of his Spaghetti.  <ref>[[VOY]] "Parturition"</ref>
 
His high burners also means that when he is making a large amount of a spaghetti-type sauce he is required to make use of constant tending of the stew-pot that the sauce is cooking in in order to prevent it from burning.  This is something that does not tend to produce a tomato sauce that will have much of anything that could be called good flavor or texture.  This may be the reason [[Tom Paris]] expressed annoyance at the quality of his Spaghetti.  <ref>[[VOY]] "Parturition"</ref>
 
 
  
 
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