Cooking versus Heating
Hello, I’m in a discussion with someone and the argument is this: for food that is raw pre-seasoned/prepared, if someone takes it home, are the cooking or simply heating the food? My stance is that out are cooking the food, regardless of if you did or did not put the ingredients together, or if you purchased it pre-seasoned. The other stance is that because you don’t follow a recipe, put any of the ingredients together, or season the food yourself, you’re not cooking. You’re simply heating or heating up the raw food. That doesn’t make sense to me because when cooking, you’re specifically doing so to denature the protein in the meat and raise the internal temperature to a certain degree that will kill off bacteria. There are different dictionary definitions for “cooking” so I would like others’ opinions. Please let me know. Thanks!!