Plastic Chef Neelix

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(Neelix thinks that higher temperatures equals faster cooking times.)
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This section is partially related to the previous point, but it showcases a different cooking-related issue.  In the episode "Flashback", a technobabble material in a nebula is discovered that Neelix says they could inject into his cooking array, allowing him to cook meals in half the time.  Because of the level of techno gibberish in this scene, it's isn't immediately obvious what assumption Neelix is making.
 
This section is partially related to the previous point, but it showcases a different cooking-related issue.  In the episode "Flashback", a technobabble material in a nebula is discovered that Neelix says they could inject into his cooking array, allowing him to cook meals in half the time.  Because of the level of techno gibberish in this scene, it's isn't immediately obvious what assumption Neelix is making.
  
To make it clear, he expects doubling the combustion rate of his burner to half the time his cooking will take to finish.  This leads into something that is often called [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OvenLogic "Oven Logic"], which is a mistake made by many amateur cooks.  Doubling the power of your burner does not half the cooking time (or any other linear expectation) because of the complex chemical interactions that take place whenever you cook anything.  In actual fact, this will result in what is called "searing," a technique commonly used by chefs to improve the appearance of food prior to finishing it with some other method (such as in an oven or a pressure cooker), but one which with very few exceptions cannot be used as the sole method of cooking, as it will either leave the middle of the food undercooked or the outside severely burnt.
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To make it clear, he expects doubling the combustion rate of his burner to half the time his cooking will take to finish.  This leads into something that is often called [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OvenLogic "Oven Logic"], which is a mistake made by many amateur cooks.  Doubling the power of your burner does not half the cooking time (or any other linear expectation) because of the complex chemical interactions that take place whenever you cook anything.  In actual fact, this will result in what is called "searing," a technique commonly used by chefs to improve the appearance or flavor of food prior to finishing it with some other method (such as in an oven or a pressure cooker), but one which with very few exceptions cannot be used as the sole method of cooking, as it will either leave the middle of the food undercooked or the outside severely burnt.
  
 
== Neelix lacks even basic sauce making skills. ==
 
== Neelix lacks even basic sauce making skills. ==

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