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Monday, September 9, 2013

Dishwasher salmon? Yeah, no joke

Salmon, northern pike, and lake trout are good eating. They are tasty baked, broiled, smoked, and made into patties.
And nutritionists claim it is one of the healthiest meats you can eat. They say fish and seafood are healthy additions to a well-balanced diet, and salmon is one of the most nutritious fish you can place on the dinner plate. 
Salmon is high in protein and low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which offers a wide range of health benefits. 
There are many recipes and ways to prepare the salmon, but when fellow outdoor writer Jim Zumbo wrote that  he had just cooked a salmon meal in the dishwasher, I thought it was a joke. But, believe it or not, it wasn’t. Jim does work for the Outdoor Channel and who formerly was hunting editor for Outdoor Life, and really prepared a salmon meal in the family dishwasher in his Cody, Wyoming, home.
According to Jim, “I cooked this meal in my dishwasher. Yep, I'm serious. I learned the trick from Mabel, an Inuit woman whose family I hunted with for muskox in the arctic. I understand this is a fairly common Inuit technique. 
“And no, for those of you who are wondering, they don't do this in an igloo. They have perfectly fine homes in the settlement of Cambridge Bay, well north of the Arctic Circle. 
“So here's how you do it. (A dish of northern pike and onions.) I put thin onion slices on foil, put several squares of butter on top, then fish fillets which I already coated with herbs and spices, then another layer of onions and more butter. Wrap the fish tightly. Then double this with another layer of foil so the food is essentially airtight. 
“Lay the package on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Lay it flat, not vertical. Obviously you do not add soap. . Turn the dishwasher to its longest or highest setting if you have the option. 
“Guaranteed a superb, fantastic meal. It cooks by simply baking the meal inside, and I think the heat and water combine to add a different dimension that you don't get with conventional baking or steaming. 
“So why bother with this? Three reasons. The food is wonderful. No cleanup. When you're done, toss the foil. And what a conversation piece. 
“Say you're sitting there and your friend Susie says, "wow, that's delicious. Did you steam it?". And you say, "nah, cooked it in my dishwasher." The incredulous look on her face will make it all worth the effort.”
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Apparently any meat that can be slow cooked can be used along with the spices of your choice.
However, there is the potential of again having to run the dishwasher through another cycle after you complete cooking your meal.  Is it worth the time and energy?
Italian food writer Lisa Casali says you can cook your meal and do the dishes at the same time. She says the method can be quite environmentally friendly.
         There's a method: Instead of using aluminum foil, as many websites recommend, you should put the food into airtight canning jars or food vacuum bags. Then the hot water doesn't touch the food. So you can add soap to the cycle and really clean your dishes while poaching dinner.
Dishwasher cooking is best for foods that need to be cooked at low temperatures, Casali says. "After some experiments, I found that it wasn't just a different way to cook — it was a really particular technique," 
On You Tube you can find recipes for everything from shrimp, salmon, spinach and pears cooked in the dishwasher.
        No dishwasher at the Junker house, except wife Phyllis and maybe me a couple times of year, so I can't try the method. If you do, add a note and let me know how it works for you.
Bon app├ętit!

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