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11 Foods You Can Make In Unexpected Household Appliances

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Cooking for one or two? Step away from the stove and give your other household appliances some attention when making your meal. We know an iron can double as a press for a mean grilled cheese sandwich and the waffle iron makes the best crispy hash browns, but using your dishwasher to cook a full meal is unheard of until recently. Click on to see what foods you can make in your other kitchen appliances:

  • Dishwasher
    <strong>Salmon</strong> - Who would cook salmon in a dishwasher? Oprah did. <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Lunch-Cooked-i
    Sheri L Giblin
    Salmon - Who would cook salmon in a dishwasher? Oprah did. Oprah magazine recently published a dishwasher-cooked lunch of noodles, salmon and asparagus. If you're feeling adventurous, try her method of wrapping seasoned salmon tightly in foil and running it in the dishwasher without soap.

    Steamed Asparagus - Sounds weird, but bear with us. According to NPR, dishwasher cuisine is making a comeback. The temp in a dishwasher often goes as high as 170 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s perfect for foods with low cook temps like poached pears. If you’re hesitant about cooking meat in the dishwasher then start small with just the asparagus. Put your asparagus in a tightly closed container like a mason jar and run your dishwasher as you normally would.
  • Coffee maker
    <strong>Hard-Boiled Eggs</strong> - The burner on a coffee maker gets as hot as 200 degrees Fahrenheit, just 12 degrees short
    Stefan Klein
    Hard-Boiled Eggs - The burner on a coffee maker gets as hot as 200 degrees Fahrenheit, just 12 degrees short of the point of boiling water. Thus, you can use it for foods that you’d normally put in boiling water, says NPR. Frequent travelers may have figured this out long before the masses did, since no pots or pans are required. CookingWithYourCoffeeMaker.com recommends heating the water in the coffee pot first before adding the eggs. Cook for 20 minutes or longer.
  • Microwave
    <strong>Cake in a Mug</strong> - The microwave isn’t just convenient for reheating foods. Use it to make dessert, too! Skip t
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    Cake in a Mug - The microwave isn’t just convenient for reheating foods. Use it to make dessert, too! Skip the oven-baking process and make dessert for two like this delicious Nutella Mug Cake (pictured) in just minutes.

    Egg Scramble in a Coffee Cup - Forego the stove if you’re short on time. Just place your usual scrambled egg mix in a coffee cup, put it in the microwave for 1 to 1.5 minutes and you’re good to go. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

    Crispy Bacon - Microwaving bacon is like baking it—only faster and less messy. Lifehacker.com recommends this method: Lay bacon over the top of an overturned bowl that's placed on a large plate (the bacon fat will drip down the sides of the bowl and pool on the plate during cooking), cover the bacon with a paper towel to catch popping grease, and microwave for 1 minute per slice. Then carefully move the cooked bacon to a clean plate; in two minutes your bacon will cool and crisp to perfection.
  • Toaster oven
    <strong>Miso Glazed Salmon</strong> - Cooking salmon in the toaster oven takes just five minutes of cook time. <a href="http:
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    Miso Glazed Salmon - Cooking salmon in the toaster oven takes just five minutes of cook time. SeriousEats.com recommends marinating the salmon overnight for full flavor before popping it into the toaster oven. Leave the salmon in for 15-20 minutes if you prefer it well done.

    Peanut Butter Cookie - Skip the egg in this vegan cookie recipe (pictured) that can be cooked in both the toaster oven and the microwave. Full instructions here.

    Dried Fruit - You don't need a dehydrator if you have a toaster oven, says BetterWorldBiker. Thinly slice washed fruit (apples are an easy pick) before placing them on your toaster oven sheet. Make sure they overlap as little as possible, but it's OK if they touch as they tend to shrink. Set your toaster oven to bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour then flip the apples over and toast that side for an additional hour.
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