Food can be cooked in unconventional ways — we all know this (example: delicious mug cakes). In fact, weird cooking methods can sometimes actually end up being better than the traditional route. We recently heard of a crazy new method of cooking that involved using one of your most-used kitchen appliances — no, not your stove or oven — but what you use to get your dishes clean to COOK.
You can cook food in your dishwasher, y’all. We’re talking veggies (asparagus, green beans), chicken, salmon and even lobster. How insane is this?! We *had* to try it out for ourselves at the B+C HQ kitchen, and, to my coworkers’ surprise, it actually WORKED and the asparagus + green beans we “cooked” turned out really delish.
How to cook food in your dishwasher
You’re essentially steaming the veggies via dishwater (heat + water), so it’s kinda hard to mess this cooking method up, actually — just be open-minded to this weird process ;) First, trim your veggies so they fit inside mason jars — you must use mason jars! Using them to cook the veggies in is key because they can withstand the heat of the dishwasher and the lids can be sealed airtight, so no dishwater or soap (ewwww) can get inside.
After you place the veggies inside the mason jars, add about 1 cup of water to each jar you fill — this is what will steam the veggies.
Then, add in seasonings like salt, pepper and whatever else you’re feeling. You can even add a small pat of butter or lemon slice into the jars if you’d like extra flavor.
Finally, seal the mason jar lids on super tightly and place them on the top rack of your dishwasher. Turn on the dishwasher to run a normal cycle and wait for magic to happen. For reference, our dishwasher’s cycle took about 1.5 hours.
The veggies came out perfectly steamed and seasoned — I was shocked, honestly. It was super weird pulling out vegetables from a dishwasher and then proceeding to eat them, but I kinda forgot the cooking method I used when I was munching. I can see how this method could appeal to some people but at the same time, 1.5 hours is a long time to cook any veggies and the oven or stove probs would have been faster. But hey, it is pretty cool to be able to say that you used a dishwasher to make dinner instead of clean it up, right?
Would you ever use a dishwasher to cook something? Share your thoughts in the comments below.