Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner in a Dishwasher

Posted on Dec 22, 2013

Did you ever consider the fact that an appliance can be used in other ways than the intended ones? Although nobody buys a dishwasher for cooking purposes and this idea is clearly not promoted by the latest 2015 dishwasher ratings, you will be surprised to find out that you can cook a delicious meal in this appliance. As surprised as you might seem right now, we guarantee that not only is it possible to cook dinner in a dishwasher but it can also be a delicious culinary experience. However, a lot of people find dishwasher recipes wasteful and pointless. We can assure you that they are neither. They are a great choice if your cooker breaks down or if you simply don’t have the time to supervise the cooking process. That being said, let’s get started!

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Dishwasher turkey


-whole turkey
-turkey sized oven bags


Cooking thanksgiving dinner in a dishwasher is not as complicated as it sounds. On the contrary, it is very simple. Furthermore, it does not matter what type of dishwasher you have. So whether you have a Bosch integrated dishwasher, a slimline dishwasher or any other model, you can safely cook this meal. Just make sure you don’t tell your guests how you prepared the food that you are serving as some people are not very opened to innovations when it comes to their food.

In order to cook a turkey in a dishwasher, you first have to hermetically seal it in an oven bag. The next thing you need to do is weight the turkey. In order for the meat to be tender, you should cook the turkey for one 50-minute cycle for each two pounds. Furthermore, it is essential for the turkey to reach 165 degrees F so use a meat thermometer in order to make sure that everything will go according to plan.

This recipe might seem weird but it actually is pretty safe. A turkey cooked in the dishwasher tastes as good as one cooked in an oven. As long as the oven bag is hermetically sealed and the turkey reaches the desired temperature, nothing can go wrong.

A turkey is not the only thing you can cook in a dishwasher. You can also cook bagels, chicken, lasagna Florentine, poached salmon and potatoes. In order to spice up the thanksgiving dinner even more, we advise you to try yet another dishwasher recipe:

Dishwasher potatoes


-chopped potatoes(1/8-inch slices)
-potato seasoning mix
-olive oil
-aluminum foil


Season the potatoes and mix them up with a tablespoon of olive oil. Once you do this, you need to pack them in aluminum foil. Make sure that you fold the foil as tightly as possible so that the pouches are a hermetic. In order to do this, divide the potatoes in several parts (each pouch should contain about an ice cream scoop of diced potatoes. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a large piece of aluminum foil. Next you need to fold the two ends of the aluminum foil above the potatoes until the obtained pouch is as air tight as possible. In order to check for air, gently press on the aluminum pouch. If air still comes up, then your pouch is not as hermetic as it should be. Once you pack all the potatoes in several aluminum pouches. When placing the pouches in the dishwasher make sure not to poke the aluminum foil. In order for them to be well cooked, turn off the energy saving options of your dishwasher and program it for a full wash and dry cycle. You may also need to turn your water heater up if it is set on low.

As you can see, cooking thanksgiving dinner in a dishwasher is rather simple. However, we advise you to try these recipes a few times before the Thanksgiving dinner. This way you will be able to modify them according to your dishwasher’s performance. Generally, it does not matter if you have a Bosch integrated dishwasher or another type of dishwasher. The only thing that matters is that the dishwasher reaches the desired steam temperature in order for the food to be properly cooked. Given these wonderful recipes, it is safe to assume that any kitchen should be equipped with a dishwasher since it is clear that this appliance does so much more than just wash dishes. If you never owned a dishwasher or your old dishwasher doesn’t look like it is going to last too long, we advise you to take a look at the 2015 dishwasher ratings and choose a good unit that will help you with both your dish washing chores as well as with the cooking.