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

LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 26, 2011 08:39 PM

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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    Slowdive RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 05:15 AM

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

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      ttoommyy RE: Slowdive Jan 27, 2011 05:17 AM

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

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        cheesecake17 RE: ttoommyy Jan 27, 2011 10:10 AM

        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.

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        yummfood RE: Slowdive Jan 27, 2011 10:31 AM

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

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          debbiel RE: yummfood Jan 27, 2011 07:42 PM

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

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          Chowrin RE: Slowdive Jan 28, 2011 11:43 AM

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

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            ttoommyy RE: Chowrin Jan 31, 2011 12:58 PM

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

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              buttertart RE: ttoommyy Feb 1, 2011 04:45 AM

              And cookie dough, and cake batter...

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          occula RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 08:24 AM

          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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            ttoommyy RE: occula Jan 27, 2011 08:28 AM

            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

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              Augie6 RE: ttoommyy Jan 28, 2011 05:43 AM

              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 ...

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                mamachef RE: Augie6 Jan 28, 2011 05:57 AM

                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. chefathome RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 09:28 AM

            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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              Motosport RE: chefathome Jan 27, 2011 09:48 AM

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

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                debbiel RE: chefathome Jan 27, 2011 07:44 PM

                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.

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                  chefathome RE: debbiel Jan 27, 2011 07:45 PM

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

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                    jujuthomas RE: debbiel Feb 1, 2011 05:28 AM

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

                2. VeggieHead RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 09:40 AM

                  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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                    Sandwich_Sister RE: VeggieHead Jan 28, 2011 07:10 AM

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

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                      vil RE: Sandwich_Sister Feb 1, 2011 06:04 PM

                      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.

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                        buttertart RE: vil Feb 2, 2011 06:04 AM

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

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                          Augie6 RE: buttertart Feb 2, 2011 06:57 AM

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

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                            debbiel RE: Augie6 Feb 2, 2011 07:10 AM

                            "Potatoes attract bacteria .."


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                              Augie6 RE: debbiel Feb 2, 2011 07:23 AM

                              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

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                                debbiel RE: Augie6 Feb 2, 2011 08:04 AM

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

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                                Becca Porter RE: debbiel Feb 2, 2011 08:08 AM

                                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.

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                                  debbiel RE: Becca Porter Feb 2, 2011 08:27 AM

                                  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.

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                              debbiel RE: buttertart Feb 2, 2011 07:08 AM

                              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.

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                                buttertart RE: debbiel Feb 2, 2011 08:06 AM

                                Another one for the mom was always right file.

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                        jarona RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 09:47 AM

                        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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                          ttoommyy RE: jarona Jan 27, 2011 12:22 PM

                          "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.

                        2. Peg RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 09:56 AM

                          If I'm alone and I know I'm not going to see anyone for a day or two there's nothing I like better than to thinly slice a red onion and eat it raw with bread or crackers.

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                            1sweetpea RE: Peg Jan 27, 2011 10:07 AM

                            I bought paper thin sliced spring lamb loin to use in a hot pot. I fed a couple of slices (minus the fat) to my puppy and he inhaled them. I tasted one myself and it was really good.

                            I was a big fan of raw doughs (still am, when I actually bake) as a kid. I used to crunch on raw spaghetti and have been known to sample a grain or two of already soaked but not cooked basmati rice. Raw sweet potatoes are kind of tasty, as are raw parsnips, but I'm not convinced that they aren't meant to be eaten cooked or raw.

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                            jaltstatt RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 10:09 AM

                            Raw beef and every now and then a spoonful of flour.

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                              hardtail60 RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 10:42 AM

                              As a kid… raw hamburger meat and of course cake batter and cookie dough. How about that for being an American kid growing up in the 60's, 70's 80's. Now the food police and child services would be knocking on my door within minutes if I let my children eat that stuff.

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                                debbiel RE: hardtail60 Jan 27, 2011 07:46 PM

                                My dad always handed me a little bit of raw hamburger meet when he was prepping burgers. I say buy from a trusted source and go ahead and let your children in on the experience. :)

                              2. operagirl RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 07:50 PM

                                When I roll out fresh pasta, a few of the scraps will invariably end up in my mouth.

                                1. goodhealthgourmet RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 27, 2011 08:02 PM

                                  +1 on all the mentions of hamburger meat and brownie batter when i was a kid. and there was NEVER any scratch baking going on in our house, but refrigerated cookie dough rarely ever made it into the oven.

                                  1. ttoommyy RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 28, 2011 05:27 AM

                                    I just thought of a funny one...Spam! We always had Spam in my house growing up and it was always fried for a sandwich or cubed up and cooked with scrambled eggs. I loved eating it right out of the can though. I realize it's a processed food so of course you can eat it "raw" but I really never met anyone else who did.

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                                      vil RE: ttoommyy Feb 1, 2011 06:16 PM

                                      But I did too! I cannot imagine eating it right out of the can (with a spoon or with a fork?), but I used to slice it up and eat it just like that. Well, it has been a long time ago.

                                      For the same matter, I sometimes have a craving to bite into "raw" sausages, the kind that are probably pre-cooked but are meant to be re-cooked and eaten hot. I just sometimes feel like biting into something more gelatinous and solid than if they were cooked.

                                      Great topic for making confessions of this type, by the way.

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                                        buttertart RE: vil Feb 2, 2011 06:06 AM

                                        My father used to eat raw sausage meat. Raw. He said there hadn't been trichinosis in Ontario pigs for many years. Raw (butcher) ground beef too.

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                                          ttoommyy RE: buttertart Feb 2, 2011 09:22 AM

                                          I've had raw sausage in northern Italy a few times. Absolutely delicious when spread on crostini.

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                                            buttertart RE: ttoommyy Feb 2, 2011 11:58 AM

                                            I'd eat it too, at this point.

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                                      tzurriz RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 28, 2011 06:05 AM

                                      Biscuit dough. OMG good. I make biscuits probably once or twice a week, and I just have to eat some of the dough. Luckily, there is always leftovers after cutting out my rounds. I also always seem to manage to get 13 biscuits out of a batch, so to make things line up nicely on the cookie sheet, I have to eat that odd one. ;)

                                      But my 3 year old has caught on and now she wants dough too.

                                      Oh, also raw challah dough. Half way through the first rise, I just have to taste it and make sure it's "right". This did save me the one time I forgot to add salt. I had enough time to make a new batch!

                                      1. chefathome RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 28, 2011 11:25 AM

                                        Yesterday after reading this thread I promptly went to the kitchen to make banana bread. I sort of caught myself enjoying some of the raw banana bread batter.

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                                          uwsister RE: chefathome Feb 1, 2011 06:04 PM

                                          I LOVE eating banana bread batter! I think I like it even more than the baked result. I always leave plenty on my bowl to lick off.

                                        2. buttertart RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 31, 2011 11:39 AM

                                          Raw oatmeal (quick-cooking or oldfashioned). Surprisingly fun to eat.

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                                            Jelly71 RE: buttertart Jan 31, 2011 11:54 AM

                                            that reminds me of how i used to love to eat the instant oatmeal packets raw when i was a kid. i would just stick a spoon right in the packet and go to town on it.

                                            now, my undercooked food is bacon. i like it limp and floppy. yum!

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                                            pie22 RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 31, 2011 11:56 AM

                                            cake/cookie/brownie batter and uncooked ramen noodles from the bags that are 10/$1.

                                            1. Bob W RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 31, 2011 11:59 AM

                                              I love to crunch raw pasta -- the tubular varieties seem to be my favorites.

                                              1. mels RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 1, 2011 05:25 AM

                                                I love raw pie dough! Glad I am not the only one who secretly scarfs down the scraps. The salt/fat thing does it for me.

                                                I am completely powerless over any raw cookie dough or brownie/cake batter. Yellow cake batter, chocolate cake batter, batter for quick breads...I'll eat any of it. I call it "checking for seasoning" before I bake.

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                                                  debbiel RE: mels Feb 1, 2011 05:31 AM

                                                  Yes! Checking for seasoning is absolutely critical! Even after the bread or pie or cake or cookies have gone into the oven. :)

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                                                  jujuthomas RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 1, 2011 05:32 AM

                                                  batter of almost any sort! oooh so good, and yet so bad! my particular favorite was the batter for rhubarb bread, before I put in the cut fruit. o.m.g. my mother's recipe called for a lot of cinnamon and sugar - I loved to make that as a teen, but never ate the finished product. (rhubarb ruins it for me, lol!)
                                                  i forgot until ttoommyy mentioned it, how much I always enjoyed those pancakes that didn't get cooked in the middle! hmmm... might have to have a cooking "accident" next time I make pancakes! DH would never understand! then again, maybe he would. the best cake we ever ate was some cake mix/peach/butter/brown sugar concoction my bff made that didn't get cooked in the middle. the 4 of us sat around it with spoons and ate the entire 9x13 pan!

                                                  1. vil RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 1, 2011 06:19 PM

                                                    Okay, here is another fun one but I don't know if it counts: Ovaltine or Horlicks eaten right from the jar. I no longer do that, but I used to go through several jars of those without (almost) making any actual drinks out of them!

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                                                      funniduck RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 1, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                      ramen noodles, dry, straight from the bag. does that count? i know its cooked but it not intended to be eaten that way.

                                                      1. ttoommyy RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 2, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                        My partner eats butter. Just butter. If it is on the table for corn on the cob or some such thing, he will sneak a few pats when no one (he thinks) is looking. Same with margarine and any types of those spreads.

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                                                          debbiel RE: ttoommyy Feb 2, 2011 06:20 AM

                                                          Butter, yes. I can completely understand that. Margerine? Ew.

                                                        2. missmar79 RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Feb 2, 2011 06:03 AM

                                                          cake batte, raw fresh pasta, pancake batter, cookie dough, bacon,

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