How to "cook" Ramen noodles without heat
Most people think that you need hot water to cook Ramen noodles. For years now, I’ve been eating Ramen noodles on camping trips, car trips, and many other times when I’ve been away from a heat source.
Ramen noodles usually take 3 minutes to prepare. The directions say you simply add the packet of noodles to at least two cups of boiling water and you’ll be ready to eat within 3 minutes.
In order for the Ramen noodles to be “cooked”, they must completely absorb the water until they are soft. Heat helps speed up this process, but is by no means absolutely necessary. Ramen noodles can absorb cold water just as easily as hot water. The main difference is that it takes longer. Here’s a quick guide to help you cook your Ramen noodles without heat:
1. Find a container that holds at least 12 or 16 ounces of water.
2. Empty the packet of noodles into the container
3. Fill the container with cold water
4. Wait 30 minutes
5. Mix the seasoning
That’s it. Pretty simple, right? I have found that 30 minutes is a good amount of time for the noodles to become completely soft. Sometimes I can wait up to an hour. The length of time may vary depending on the water temperature. If it is very cold, it will take longer than if it is lukewarm. Just check it every now and then if you’re in a hurry.
Of course, this whole method assumes that you don’t mind eating the noodles cold, but I’ve found that they’re just as delicious when they’re cold as they are when they’re hot.
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