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Things we enjoy uncooked (that we probably shouldn't)

What things do you enjoy before they're cooked? I don't mean sashimi, or steak tartare, or things that are intended to be eaten raw. I'm sure most of us have scarfed down a glob or two of cookie dough. I'm completely powerless over yellow cake batter, and have been known to munch on uncooked ramen noodles. Anyone else like to sneak a nibble of something before it's cooked or baked?

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  1. When I make buttermilk pancakes, I can never resist eating some of the batter raw. Mmmm.

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    1. re: Slowdive

      I actually make my pancakes so that they are "raw" in the middle. I love uncooked pancake batter.

      1. re: ttoommyy

        I thought I was the only crazy one to do that! Nice to know I'm not alone :)

        I also love raw cookie dough. Won't eat baked chocolate chip cookies, but can eat a whole batch of the dough.

      2. re: Slowdive

        +1!!!! ..er...+3? hahaha, I <3 buttermilk pancake batter!

        1. re: yummfood

          +4. pr whatever we're up to now. And biscuit dough, though it's been about 20 years since I've had that.

        2. re: Slowdive

          luv of god, leave out the egg when you do that! safety first. then delish!

          1. re: Chowrin

            I've been eating raw pancake batter with eggs for a long time and I'm still kickin'. :)

            1. re: ttoommyy

              And cookie dough, and cake batter...

        3. I always have a piece of dry pasta as it cooks, and if I cook bacon, I always fish out a warm but very limp piece or two to enjoy while the rest cooks. mmmmm.

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          1. re: occula

            I used to eat "raw" bacon when I was a kid. It's smoked, so it's really not raw, is it?

            I also used to eat a very small portion of raw hamburger meat fresh from the butcher when my parents got home from shopping on Saturdays. Ah, the 60s...we were so ignorantly blissful then! lol

            1. re: ttoommyy

              My uncle always will taste raw ground beef.. said the local butcher (50 60s era) got him on to tasting the meat raw when he would pick it up for his parents ...

              1. re: Augie6

                I'm right there with tasting raw meat. Because I buy it and have it ground there, I'm not askeert to take a nice nubbin when I'm repackaging it. I also will slice off a piece of steak and eat it raw before I prepare it.
                Oh, and once I caught a mousie and I ate that too. : ) JK.

          2. Chocolate chunk cookie dough; I make lots of dough and eat quite a bit of it before it becomes...um...cookies. Same with fudge brownie batter. I leave a lot extra in the bowl to lick out. Oh, and of course shortbread dough.

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            1. re: chefathome

              Ditto on that!!! Baking the dough just ruins it.

              1. re: chefathome

                I always use a smaller baking dish then called for in my brownie recipe, because I eat so much batter. Last year, my niece introduced me to the idea of freezing the batter. Scooping it out with spoons while watching a silly movie with your 13 year old niece is fantastic.

                1. re: debbiel

                  What an awesome idea! I just happen to have a 13-year-old niece who would love to do that with her favourite auntie.

                  1. re: debbiel

                    I'm going to have to keep that idea "on ice" until my nieces are a little bigger! :) that.sounds.awesome!

                2. My son likes to nibble on raw pasta,potato, and garlic. I told him that he should have no concern for vampires coming to take him away....or girls, for that matter.

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                  1. re: VeggieHead

                    As a kid I loved raw potatoes. Even now when I'm cuting them up to make fryies, chips etc I eat a few.

                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                      Same here, I cannot seem to be able to resist munching on a few slices when preparing them. I generally leave the skin on after scrubbing it, and the end pieces with most of the skin seem to be the most appealing for chomping down raw.

                      1. re: vil

                        Is there a reason you're not supposed to eat potatoes raw? I was scared off them by my mom.

                        1. re: buttertart

                          Potatoes attract bacteria .. potatoe salad is more dangerous sitting out from potatoes than mayo... although, i would doubt a raw potatoe is that dangerous

                            1. re: debbiel

                              alton brown food network.. go figure Glad you have the time to double check The bar tender at my local bar always eats raw potoatoes slice before fried fot the chips .. not bad dipped in ranch

                              1. re: Augie6

                                Shame on Alton! His decline in my eyes continues...Sad. I once adored him.

                              2. re: debbiel

                                That Snopes article actually confirms that potatoes could go bad in potato salad faster than mayo. Just read the whole article... Alton Brown was right. Of Course.

                                1. re: Becca Porter

                                  I did read the whole article. I don't post things without reading them. I don't know what Alton said, but if he said anything that suggested people should be concerned about eating cut potatoes, shame on him. The article pretty much says--don't fret about your cut onions or potatoes.

                            2. re: buttertart

                              Potatoes contain glykoalkaloids, which are toxins. I still eat raw potatoes, but I wouldn't eat a meal of them. I don't know how much potato you have to eat before feeling the effect; levels do vary by potato type.

                              1. re: debbiel

                                Another one for the mom was always right file.

                      2. Wow! This is a great question!
                        For me? ANY batter of anything I happen to be baking. When I make pie dough, I always sneak a little of the raw dough--I love the fat and saltiness! Meatballs--I really need to taste the raw meatballs to make sure the seasoning is just right! Raw stuffing--you know--when the stuffing at Thanksgiving is made and not cooked yet--*eyeroll* ahhhhh. Potatoes. I've been known to actually salt a raw piece of potato and munch on it!

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                        1. re: jarona

                          "When I make pie dough, I always sneak a little of the raw dough--I love the fat and saltiness!"

                          Me too! I love to eat the trimmings.