Now You're Cooking With ... a Dishwasher?
Latest food fad is poaching salmon and washing your dishes at the same time
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
A dishwasher? Or a hot new culinary technique?   (AP Photo/Kenmore)

(Newser) – For those too lazy or cheap for a microwave, NPR looks at the fabled art of ... cooking in a dishwasher. Yes, this is an actual thing that people actually do, and apparently it's growing in popularity. The "traditional method," writes Michaeleen Doucleff—who says her mother has been poaching salmon in the dishwasher since 1995—is to wrap the fish tightly in foil or a cooking bag, along with lemon oil, and spices, then put it on the washer's top rack, and set it to wash—just don't add any soap.

Lisa Casali, an Italian food writer who has penned an entire dishwasher cookbook, prefers to use canning jars and vacuum bags to make everything from couscous to dessert (here's an instructional video of her making the former), for one very practical reason: they're airtight, so you can add soap and do your dishes at the same time. "After some experiments, I found that it wasn't just a different way to cook—it was a really particular technique," she says. "Something I was looking for years: the way to cook at low temperature at home." Next up (we hope): How to roast a pig in a clothes dryer.

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Aug 26, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
so we've established that you can... now we have to ask ourselves WHY? is the oven broken? stove on the fritz? seriously folks, couldn't these things be cooked on the exhaust manifold of your car on the way home from work like normal people do? good grief.
Aug 26, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
I'd like to see what Lisa and her couscous taste like.
Aug 26, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
i'd prefer by far cooking my meals on a bonfire fed with dry yak feces before attempting this. it will only result in wasting a lot of foil which partly defeats the economy reason, and residuals of soap and dirt sneaking into your food. not to mention all the other crap chemicals like sparkling aid, salts etc. actually i'd prefer eating raw food.