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Clean Your Plate: The Dishwasher Cooking Method
Aug 29/13

Clean Your Plate: The Dishwasher Cooking Method Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

Turns out, some people have been making meals in the dishwasher for decades. None of them are barbecue pitmasters, but you can poach a filet of salmon in there and we hear it turns out fairly moist and delicious.

NPR’s The Salt, has a story on dishwasher cooking — complete with a recipe for the aforementioned salmon — with a twist.

Italian food writer Lisa Casali says that the method can be quite environmentally friendly. There’s just one trick: Instead of using aluminum foil, as many websites recommend, you should put the food into airtight canning jars or food vacuum bags. Then the hot water doesn’t touch the food. So you can add soap to the cycle and really clean your dishes while poaching dinner.

Apparently dishwasher cooking works best with foods that need to be cooked slowly at low temperatures — again, probably not a pork shoulder or a brisket — but other, thinner fruits, vegetables and proteins cook up well in there. There’s a cookbook on the method, but as of now, it’s only available in Italian. However, Vimeo has a few videos demonstrating what to do.

But what do you think? Would you, could you ever make dinner in the dishwasher? 



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