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12 Foods You Can Cook Perfectly in Your Dishwasher

Cooking dinner in a dishwasher?! Yep, you read that right! It turns out that cooking food and washing your dishes at the same time is not only possible, but is actually a bit of a trend, especially among the eco-friendly. In fact, Bob Blumber, host of the Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet, has been dishwasher cooking for years and was among the first to pioneer such novel concepts as dishwasher cooked salmon, the recipe and instructions for which you’ll find below!
You’ll also discover a variety of other foods you can cook in dishwasher, from vegetables to dessert toppings, and even a turkey for your next holiday meal. Now, as you might suspect, the liberal use of common sense is highly advised when attempting such an undertaking and you should absolutely make sure that any meat you cook using this method is thoroughly cooked before consumption. Especially in the case of fish or poultry of any sort, you’ll want to make sure your dishwasher’s settings are on the highest temperature possible in order to ensure thorough preparation.
That said, if the idea of letting your dishwasher do the cooking appeals to you, it’s entirely possible to knock yourself out with these daring dishwasher cooking recipes. Scroll on down to get an idea of what dishwasher cooking is all about and maybe even take a recipe or two out for a spin!

  • Wine-Poached Shrimp

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    What better way to cook the perfect seafood meal than hands free and while doing a load of dishes at the same time? Just grab a half-quart mason jar and fill it with:

    - a clove garlic, chopped
    - a cup of wine wine
    - a dozen shelled and de-veined shrimp
    - a 1/2 cup of water
    - a tablespoon of butter
    - a pinch of salt and pepper

    Seal the lid, run your load of dishes, and wait for the tastiness to commence.
  • Fluffy Lemon Couscous

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    Grab yourself a half-quart mason jar and fill it with a cup of couscous, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 3/4 cup of vegetable or chicken stock. Make sure the jar is well-sealed and give it a good shake to make sure everything is evenly distributed. Slip it between the dishes in your next dishwasher cycle and enjoy the results when it's done.
  • Soft Boiled Eggs

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    As it turns out, the secret to perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs is only a load of dishes away. The next time you run a cycle of dishes, just include a sealed glass container of water with a few eggs in it, slipping it into any extra space. Use the "intensive" cycle on your dishwasher which will not only clean even the most soiled of dishes, but will yield the perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs when the cycle is done.
  • Chicken

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    Believe it or not, cooking chicken in your dishwasher is another dish that's about as easy as it gets. Just put a thin skinless chicken breast in a mason jar, add a cup of white wine, and then add water until the chicken is submerged about an inch. Seal that baby up, put it in with the dishes, and let your washer do the rest of the work.

    Just make sure the chicken is completely cooked and safe to eat before you dig in!