Plastic Chef Neelix

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m (Neelix thinks that higher temperatures equals faster cooking times.)
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{{Quote|If kids can learn how to make a simple Bolognese sauce, they will never go hungry. It's pretty easy to cook pasta, but a good sauce is way more useful.|Emeril Lagasse}}
 
{{Quote|If kids can learn how to make a simple Bolognese sauce, they will never go hungry. It's pretty easy to cook pasta, but a good sauce is way more useful.|Emeril Lagasse}}
  
Neelix is seen in the episode "Learning Curve" to be making macaroni and cheese, where his solution for making a cheese-based sauce is 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 (and certain blue boxed mixes but that's ''butter and cheating'') this is possible, even with those kind of cheeses, an experience cook will melt the cheese into a separate saucepan and integrate it into a sauce and 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 will 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 is 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 (and with certain blue boxed mixes -- but that's ''butter and cheating''), even with those kinds of cheeses, an experienced cook will melt the cheese into a separate saucepan, integrate it into a sauce, and 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 will be very over cooked before the cheese will become anything close to a stable sauce.   
  
His high burners also mean that when he is making a large amount of a spaghetti-type sauce, he is required to tend the pot that the sauce is cooking in constantly 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.  It is not something he even tends to actually do as he constantly leaves pots unattended with massive flames running under them in order to talk to patrons, or a camera.  This may be the reason Tom Paris expressed annoyance at the quality of his spaghetti.<ref>[[VOY]] "Parturition"</ref>
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His high burners also mean that when he is making a large amount of a spaghetti-type sauce, he is required to tend the pot that the sauce is cooking in constantly 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.  It is not something he even tends to actually do, as he constantly leaves pots unattended with massive flames running under them in order to talk to patrons (or a camera).  This may be the reason Tom Paris expressed annoyance at the quality of his spaghetti.<ref>[[VOY]] "Parturition"</ref>
  
 
== Neelix does not seem to understand basic food safety principles ==
 
== Neelix does not seem to understand basic food safety principles ==

Revision as of 20:07, 28 January 2013

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