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Re: Random Food Musings...
« Reply #1050 on: December 13, 2017, 11:03:28 AM »

yeah, i don't know why you bother either
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Re: Random Food Musings...
« Reply #1051 on: December 13, 2017, 04:26:50 PM »

Well, we agree on something, I guess.
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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Food Musings...
« Reply #1052 on: March 08, 2018, 11:19:26 AM »

Hey recipe bloggers,

Can we get something straight?  A meal that still has to be assembled and cooked is NOT a "make-ahead" meal.  Generously, we could call it a "prep-ahead" meal.  Except that shouldn't even be a thing.  Because really, that's just a regular-ass meal.

Everyone is already familiar with the fact that you can put raw vegetables and meat in the freezer.  Id' go so far as to say that's what the goddamn freezer is for.  oooh, twist you cut it up first.  BFD.  Did you think people couldn't figure that out?  I don't need a special "make-ahead" recipe for that, I can literally take any recipe I want and just prep and freeze ahead of time.

It's not a "make-ahead" meal, unless it's ALREADY MADE.  AHEAD.  MADE=COOKED.

I propose a new 5 point ANSI compliance standard for a meal to be designated as "make-ahead."

1)  The meal takes less than 15 minutes to the table.  I'll be generous and say that oven pre-heat time does not count as part of the 15 minutes.  Thawing time DOES count.  Which means if it needs to thaw, it's out because nothing frozen thaws in 15 minutes.  Also, THIS MEANS THAT SLOW COOKER MEALS ARE NOT MADE AHEAD.  I can't think of anything less "made ahead" than needing to wait four fucking hours for the meal to be completed.  There's nothing wrong with slow-cooker meals.  They're still convenient in their own way.  They're just not made-ahead.

2)  The meal requires less than 1 minute of assembly time/activity.  This generally means <10 seconds -- I just throw something in the microwave, on the stove, or in the oven.  However, I will accept foods that normally require assembly post-cooking and are typically served separately eg. fajitas or tacos, sauce and pasta, stir-fry and rice.  But ONLY if ALL the separate components also meet make-ahead standards.  I can cook pasta in 10 minutes.  I can nuke pre-made rice or warm store-bought tortillas.  That counts.  Having to make a pizza crust does NOT count.

3)  The meal can be stored in the freezer for at least two weeks.  If I can only keep it in the refrigerator and have to eat it within a week, that's not a make-ahead meal.  That's leftovers.

4)  MAKE=COOK.  I can't stress this enough.  Things that are served cold are fine, as long as they were cooked first.  A green salad is not a make-ahead meal.  A potato salad, pasta salad or chicken salad IS a make-ahead meal.

5)  The meal must have the ability to be stored and re-heated in individual serving sizes or any size desired.  ie. casseroles, meatloafs, lasaganas, mac and cheese, and the like must be divided. Instructions must be included for how this is accomplished.  Cooking in ramekins/other individual size portions, or cooked first and divided into ziploc bags, tupperware, aluminum foil wrap-- all are acceptable.  But no one has room to store a giant casserole dish in their freezer for a month and no one wants to eat an entire casserole in one sitting.


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Re: Random Food Musings...
« Reply #1053 on: March 08, 2018, 11:48:20 AM »

Preach ZK!

You know what drives me crazy about recipes these days - and it isn't just a food blogger thing, although it seems most prevalent with them - when the recipe calls for celery, they say "one stalk of celery" when what they actually mean is "one rib of celery." A stalk is the entire vegetable, a rib is one portion of the entire vegetable.

This concept was beaten into my brain when I took Home Ec. in high school. Have times changed so much that "stalk" and "rib" are now interchangeable?
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