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12 Foods You Can Cook Perfectly in Your Dishwasher

Updated December 29, 2017 16.1k views12 items
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!

  • Potatoes

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    Wanna make a batch of tasty potatoes without slaving over a hot stove for hours? Grab yourself a spud next time you plan to do a load of dishes and cut it into thin, 1/8th inch slices. Toss them in a bowl and mix them with your favorite dressing or marinade, then scoop them out onto a large piece of aluminum foil. 

    Spread your slices out in a single layer and then fold the two ends of the foil together to cover the potatoes. Once you've brought the two ends of the foil together, roll them down towards the potatoes like you would the top of a lunch bag. Then do the same for both ends of the foil, creating an airtight packet. Place in the top shelf of your dishwasher, making sure that the heat is on its highest setting. Toss in your dirty dishes as well, if you like, and run the washer for a full wash and dry cycle. Open carefully when it's done, let your potatoes cool, and enjoy!
  • Salmon

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    Believe it or not, cooking salmon in the dishwasher is considered a sort of classic DIY culinary move that dates back several decades. To get going, run your dishwasher through a short cycle to make sure there's no dirt or residue left over from its normal dishwashing duties. Meanwhile, place your salmon on two layers of foil.

    Season it with things like lemon, peppercorn, parsley, and even pour in a little wine before wrapping the foil lightly around your fish and making sure to seal the foil packet completely enough that it's both air and water tight. Then run that bad boy through a normal 50 minute cycle sans, of course, the soap.
  • Green Vegetables

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    Vegetables are among the most notoriously easy foods to make in the dishwasher and require some of the least amounts of prep. Either of the following vegetables can be cooked during a normal dishwasher cycle if placed in a securely sealed half-quart mason jar right alongside your dirty dishes.

    1/4 pound of trimmed asparagus combined with a cup of water, a pat of butter, and any seasonings you'd like.

    1/4 cup of green beans mixed with a cup of water, salt, pepper, and a little lemon if you'd like some extra flavoring.
  • Carrots with Butter and Dill

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    Simply toss a pound of thinly cut carrot rounds, two tablespoons of butter (chopped into smaller pieces), a tablespoon of dried dill, and a pinch of salt and pepper into a securely sealed mason jar or airtight aluminum foil packet.

    Put the jar or packet onto the top shelf of your dishwasher, run a cycle of dishes on the highest heat stetting possible, and enjoy!