When your oven and stove are busy cooking other foods for a feast, this trick can really save you. So far, we know it works on lasagna, salmon, and vegetables. I cooked veggies in the dishwasher and the results stunned us in the best way possible. To try it:
Take a large mason jar and fill it with fresh vegetables of your choice. You can add salt, pepper, olive oil or whatever you prefer to season your vegetables with. I chose fresh bell peppers and seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Once all your ingredients are in the jar, seal very tightly and shake so your veggies soak up your seasonings. IMPORTANT: Seal the jar SUPER-tightly. If you want to be overcautious, place your sealed mason jar into a large and sturdy zip-close bag.
Place in dishwasher and start the cleaning cycle as you normally would. Yes, you can even run it through the same cycle as your dirty dishes.
When your dishwasher's cleaning cycle has finished, wait for the mason jar to cool off (it will be hot), and open it. Feast your eyes upon your perfectly crisp and super delicious veggies. Serve veggies on a plate or eat from the mason jar if eating on the go. Enjoy!
These were surprisingly delicious.
Some may be frankly horrified at the idea of using beloved dishwashers for such a foreign task. I was. But after tasking my dishwasher with this bold approach and testing the end result, it won't be the last time I experiment with "dishwashing" veggies (as long as my horrifying hungry persona can handle a 45-minute cleaning cycle).
Craving something more substantial than veggies but still wanting to avoid the oven? It's definitely possible to cook lasagna in your dishwasher, and you probably should do so with our famously simple (and delicious) lasagna recipe. One article from the Los Angeles Times even details the easy way to POACH salmon in your dishwasher.