10 'Just Add X' Foods That Taste Better On Their Own

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The SE staffers weigh in on their favorites.

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Everybody knows that ramen and powdered hot chocolate are great straight out of the pack. Just crunch up the ramen, add the packet, and go.

Here are seven of our favorite "Just Add Water [Hamburger, Oil, etc]" foods that we actually prefer to eat straight from the package with no modification.

About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.