Cook Dinner In Your Dishwasher Because Why Not

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Whaaat? You can cook (food!) in your dishwasher?! Yes! Dishwasher cooking became all the rage when NPR did a story on it back in 2013, and it has made a resurgence as of late. It’s multi-tasking at its finest!

Not only does it save time and energy (you already have the machine on, after all), but it’s practical and EASY. Yes, it may be considered a novelty to some, and I wouldn’t want to do my primary cooking in it. I also doubt a slew of cookbooks will come out centered around dishwasher cooking. (Can you imagine?! Perhaps one title would be: 101 Easy Recipes To Make In Your Dishwasher!) Well, I joked too soon. I discovered that Italian food writer, Lisa Casali, actually did write a book about it, Cucinare in Lavastoviglie (Cooking With the Dishwasher).

I’d certainly try dishwasher cooking. Why not? Before we do, though, we need to keep these things in mind. Then, I’ll share some of my favorite tutorials on how you, too, can become the best dishwasher chef in your town!

1. Choose What To Cook

Not everything can be made in the dishwasher (I wouldn’t suggest filet mignon, for instance), so choose wisely. Green beans and asparagus are said to come out well and semi-crispy. All you do is season them as you would on the stove or in the oven, tightly close a Mason-type jar, and press “wash.” You can also make “perfect soft-boiled eggs with creamy yolks” when you put the eggs into glass containers and heat in the dishwasher at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. (You’ll have to use the toaster to make the toast, though!)

2. Use Airtight Containers Or Cooking Bags

Of course, you need to make sure you’re using airtight containers, like Mason jars, or cooking bags. There’s nothing worse than food seasoned with dishwasher soap! Or, you can “cook” in the dishwasher without dirty dishes and soap in it (but then why not just use the stove?). In a soap-less case, some suggest wrapping the food in layers of foil.

3. Put The Dishwasher On The Highest Heat Setting

You may have guessed that the highest heat setting would work the best. This goes for drying, too.

4. Get Creative: Make Lasagna, Salmon, And More

In #1, I know we said you can’t cook just anything in the dishwasher, but you can get creative. Alton Brown teamed up with Mythbusters and they made a LASAGNA! I know, I know—how and why?! (They did fry up the meat in advance and also used the “pots and pans” cycle, which takes longer than a regular cycle.) The best news is, you can watch how to do it right here.

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If lasagna’s not your thing, try out this salmon recipe by Bob Blumer, who is dubbed “the world’s expert on poaching salmon in the dishwasher.” He’s also the author of the cookbook Glutton For Pleasure. In his YouTube salmon-cooking tutorial, he wraps the fish in aluminum foil (airtight is key, he says), then places it on the top rack of the dishwasher between dirty dishes (!). (Other experts recommend putting that aluminum foil-wrapped salmon into an oven bag, also.) An hour later, Blumer takes it out and, voilà—a delicious dinner! In any case, you can see Blumer in action here.

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For dishwasher cooking, I think seeing is believing, so here’s one final video where the hosts, Dan Pashman and Liza de Guia, try to make a handful of various recipes, from jasmine rice with chicken broth to a mushroom and Swiss cheese omelette. The video is only five minutes long, and you can see what happens here.

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No matter what you try to cook in your dishwasher, bon appétit!

Use This Simple Chart To Know How Long To Cook A Turkey [Infographic]

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re hosting the big day, then the pressure to make the perfect meal has already started to mount. Turkeys always take longer than I expect so planning is key. For example, if you planning for a 3:00 p.m. dinner, then you want to make sure your fully thawed 15 lb. turkey is in the oven by 11:00 a.m.

Thankfully, Real Simple has created a great chart that provides all the details. Just print it out, follow the simple instructions and you will be good to go with one of the key aspects of your Thanksgiving meal.

RELATED: Follow these 16 tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving!

This Genius Trick Will Help Guarantee The Best Thanksgiving Turkey

Do you get stressed about making that huge, onerous Thanksgiving feast for your family?  There’s always a lot of pressure to make the perfect meal. We’ve all been to that Thanksgiving dinner where they serve the dried out turkey. Don’t let that happen when you’re in charge.

Thankfully, in the video above CHOW’s Associate Editor, Roxanne Webber, gives you the perfect rundown packed with easy tricks to make the perfect turkey.

A few key takeaways:

  • Don’t add stuffing. It will dry out the turkey.
  • Place butter pieces under the skin. Mmmmm, butter.
  • Cook your bird breast side down. This really works, I’ve tried it.

UPDATE:   A lot of readers commented that they’ve had great success with brining their turkey.  We couldn’t agree more. Here’s Alton Brown’s video on how a brine works.  It’s a great way to keep that turkey moist.  Thanks for the idea.

Good luck!


DIY: Make A ‘Walking Dead’ Brain Cake For Halloween

Are you looking for a Halloween treat to horrify (yet dazzle) your guests this year? With a little red velvet cake, fondant, and raspberry jam, you can accomplish just that.

Yolanda Gampp, from How To Cake It, shows us how to create a brain cake in her YouTube video. Her step-by-step instructions are simple enough even for beginner bakers to follow and the results are eerily terrifying.

Would you try to make this for your Halloween party this year?

If eating brains aren’t your thing, you could try Yolanda’s Fall Harvest Cake. It sure looks like a sinfully delicious treat as it’s a carrot cake with cinnamon buttercream, caramel, and sautéed fruit – yum!