Introduction: Diswasher Thawing Machine.

I am not a fan of cooking in the dishwasher, but there are other possibilities to consider. This is one of those almost too good to be true.  My brother named it: "Chicken ala Westinghouse".  Usually it takes at least a day to thaw chicken. I propose that you can do it in a fraction of the time. (TRY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!)  I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ISSUES WHAT SO EVER). Good idea to see your health care professional and consult with them before doing this.

Update: Someone mentioned to me that this might be similar to sous vide. The book "Cooking for Geeks" by Jeff Riley talks about this method of cooking.

Mythbusters took a stab at it: http://www.belch.com/blog/2012/11/19/alton-brown-and-mythbusters-cook-lasagna-in-the-dishwasher/


See also: https://www.instructables.com/id/Our-food-instructables/

Step 1: What's Needed:

What's needed:
Hard frozen chicken. I used two breasts fro this example.
Dishwasher
Foil
A container to protect the foil from being sliced by the hot water

Step 2: Get It Ready.

Cover and seal the chicken well with the foil. (You do not want detergent or the water in your food.
Insert that package into a container that will fit comfortable on the top shelf.
I would recommend doing this first with just water (i.e. no detergent)) so you know what to expect. A trial run so to speak.
Turn on the dish washer to the longest cycle and make sure it is set on heat dry.
Let the dishwasher do it's thing.

Note the ballast for the overhead light in the kitchen went out and the electrician has not come by yet,

Step 3: Done.

Your results may vary, but my boneless chicken not only thawed but was 110 degrees F in the center of the meat and just needed a minute or two to finish cooking.  Actually it should be cooked to 160 to 170 degree F depending on who you talk to.  I will never leave chicken in the fridge for a day for thawing again.

Step 4: Let's Try Fish.

Had some fillets in the freezer.  Let us try fish. It does not require as much heat as does chicken, so it should cook all the way through. 
Put the fish in a freezer bag and wrapped that with foil for protection. Dishwasher is done.

Fail....
Fish was thawed, but not cooked. used a frying pan to finishing the cooking that took no more than a couple of minutes.

Step 5: Some Other Instructables to Look At.

Actually that is not it. Just a wonderful bowl of soup.  https://www.instructables.com/id/Tuna-noodle-coffepot-soup/

Comments

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lukasavidm18 (author)2012-04-02

There are only 3 safe ways to thaw meat. First, is in the microwave, second, is in the sink with the meat in a pot and cold water continuously running until the meat is thawed. The third, the meat is thawed as part of the cooking process. By no means is the ever to be considered safe. You run the risk of getting food poisoning and cross contaminating everything that comes in contact with the dishwasher. BE WARNED- YOU CAN GET VERY SICK FROM DOING THIS!!!

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One of the reasons I suggested consulting your health professional first. There are a lot of experts who disagree with you though..

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Piranio (author)2011-02-18

Never thought of that!

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klee27x (author)2010-06-08

Maybe your cousin puts some really big hunks of deer meat in there. But for a couple chicken breasts, the dishwasher is probably overkill. You could do the same thing in a pot of water on low heat, and you would use a fraction of the water and electricity.

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Computothought (author)klee27x2010-06-08

Thank you for the comment. I only used two pieces for demonstration purposes. To be honest, I did not think it would work. There are two one half dozen ways to do thaw meat or whatever. I am not saying you have to do this, but only that it could be an option in some scenario. Do what is best for you. I see so many sites with using your dishwasher as an oven that there must be something to it. Personally I would not use the dishwasher for that. That I do feel uncomfortable with. I would not run the dishwasher just for this. Of course that is silly. Sometimes you have to think outside the box.

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mrsplooge (author)2010-06-08

Wow. This is really not a good idea. The potential for contamination is very high. Just soak the chicken in cold water in the sink. Takes about as long as the dishwasher cycle to defrost 2 breasts.

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Computothought (author)mrsplooge2010-06-08

Thank you for the comment. When I have tried to thaw chicken in the fridge in cold water, it takes at least 24 hrs. The chicken uncovered is a minimal few seconds and I seal it like Fort Knox. My cousin told me he has been doing this for years with deer meat. I will get a second opinion based on your comment.

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Computothought (author)2010-06-07

ok. My cousin just told me that he has been doing it for years with deer meat. maybe tonight.

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