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Why Use the Oven When the Dishwasher Will Cook Your Meal?

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Subject: Why Use the Oven When the Dishwasher Will Cook Your Meal?

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From: The Wall Street Journal.

Why Use the Oven When the Dishwasher Will Cook Your Meal?

Pity the poor oven. For years, it dominated home cooking. Lately, though,
it's been under assault from both the microwave and take-out food because
of their appeal to the time-strapped.

Now comes the final indignity: people have begun to use their dishwashers,
clothes dryers, and other appliances to prepare meals.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal offered the tale of Peter Ortale, a New
York bond broker who likes to prepare salmon in his dishwasher.

"This way is real moist... comes out perfect every time," says Ortale, who
wraps his salmon in aluminum foil and steams it in the dishwasher for 50
minutes from the soak to the dry cycle.

"And there's no mess to clean up afterwards," he says, adding that he often
rinses his dishes as he prepares his fish.

The dishwasher has proven to be a versatile appliance for cooking, with
reports of its use for defrosting turkeys, steaming potatoes, and
hard-boiling eggs.

Several new cookbooks champion the trend, including:

"Off the Eaten Path" (which features the dishwasher salmon recipe)

"Cooking Without a Kitchen: The Coffeemaker Cookbook," (featuring more than
two dozen meals that can be made with a hotel coffeemaker)

"The Kitchen Sink Cookbook" (which includes a recipe for shrimp prepared in
the clothes dryer)

Carolyn Wyman, author of the latter book, first tried to cook broccoli in
her dryer. Although the stalks held up well, she forgot to account for the

"They exploded and I had some loads of laundry with green specks," she says.

Audrey Betta, a hairdresser from North Haven, Conn., prepares lobster in
her dishwasher. "You just kiss it on the forehead and put it in there," she

Unfortunately, such exotic cooking tends to mesmerize the guests and
minimize the conversation.

"You find yourself staring at the dishwasher," Betta says. "No one is having
a conversation eye to eye."

The manufacturers of these appliances appeal for sanity.

Carolyn VanWeyst, a spokesperson for Whirlpool, cautions that a dishwasher
might not get hot enough to properly cook fish, resulting in food poisoning.

"Why would people want to use their dishwasher when we make wonderful
cooktops and microwaves?" says VanWeyst. "We say, 'Use your appliances for
what they were designed for.'"

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