If your oven, your stovetop, your microwave and your toaster are broken, you can still make dinner in your dishwasher.
No, this is not a joke. You are not reading this incorrectly. You can, in fact, cook a delicious dinner in your dishwasher.
While it might not make a five-course meal for your entire family, dishwasher cooking is perfect in a pinch. And when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
Your average dishwasher gets really hot. A typical cycle gets upwards of 160 degrees fahrenheit, the temperature needed to sanitize your dirty dishes. That’s around the same temperature required to properly poach, making your dishwasher a superb appliance for preparing vegetables, couscous, lasagna, even fish.
If you want to be extra fancy, run the cycle even longer, and you’re approaching sou-vide territory, which literally involves wrapping food in an airtight container while submerging it in hot, hot water.
How to get started with dishwasher cooking
First, you’re going to need a type of food you can safely cook using one of the methods mentioned above. Let’s keep it simple for our purposes and use green beans.
Next, you’ll need a mason jar with a lid, or another similar airtight container. This is crucial – you don’t want any soapy or dirty water getting into your meal.
Sidenote: That’s right. You can totally cook and wash your dirty dishes at the same time. Game changer!
Take your green beans and place them in your mason jar, along with a bit of oil or vinaigrette, plus any assortment of spices you’d like. Screw the lid on securely, place the thing on the top shelf of your dishwasher, and that’s pretty much it. Run a normal cycle, and in thirty minutes or so, you’ll have delicious, steamy green beans that are ready to be eaten.
How to cook salmon in your dishwasher
If you’re feeling up to a challenge, try salmon. The method is similar. Bob Blume, who is apparently the internet crowned salmon poaching expert, simply wraps his hunk of fish along with seasoning in several layers of aluminum foil.
Once the fish is placed in the dishwasher, he offers an important piece of advice when it comes to cycle choice – go with normal. Economy is designed to conserve heat, so you run the risk of underdone fish. At the other end of the spectrum, heavy duty may overcook the delicate meat.
So sit back and enjoy an estimated 2 glasses of wine in the amount of time it will take to simultaneously make dinner and clean up after it.
Watch Bob Blume’s fascinating recipe unfold in this video: