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Preparing meals in the dishwasher increasingly popular

Loading Plates into the Dishwasher

There is a relatively recent trend among homeowners that has taken many by surprise: Cooking meals in the dishwasher. Yes, you read that sentence correctly, many now prepare their meals in the household dishwasher as a way to cut down on the amount of energy their home consumes on a daily basis. Why spend the power washing a load of kitchenware that is only partially full when you could be using that space to cook that night's dinner? This is a way to use the dishwasher to its maximum capacity while saving the energy that would have been used by the stove.

This is a trend that has grown exponentially over the last few months. There are cookbooks filled with recipes dedicated to homeowners who want to prepare their food in this highly unconventional way. As food writer Dan Pashman notes, as long as the food is safely sealed in a foil container, it is not dangerous to consume food cooked in the dishwasher. The meals are typically cooked by the high amount of steam produced, which is why many of the recipes deal with vegetables and fish.

While some find this a valuable way to reduce their impact on the environment, others - like Pashman - simply enjoy it for the novelty.

"Your friends show up and you have [a] sink full of dirty dishes and there's no food," Pashman told ABC News. "And you load all the dirty dishes and drop the food in the nooks and crannies, pour some drinks, run the dishwasher, take out the clean plates and serve the dinner. It's a fun twist and people will remember that. If you practice and know what you're doing, the food will taste great."

If you are experiencing issues with your dishwasher, schedule an appointment with John C. Flood for our Arlington plumbing services.