When it comes to cooking in today's world, there are options galore. From microwaves to convection ovens, slow cookers to toaster ovens, we have a plethora of appliances to easily prepare the foods we eat and serve our families. There's one appliance that often gets overlooked, however, when it comes to food preparation -- your dishwasher.

Yes, that machine that's generally used only to clean can actually be used to cook too. It sounds crazy, but it's true. Most dishwashers provide plenty of heat to fully cook a wide array of foods. Why would you do this when you have all those other appliances, you may ask? The simple answer: Because you can. It's fun, will fascinate people, and talk about easy cleanup. Here are five fantastic foods you can make in your dishwasher.

Have you cooked in your dishwasher? Would you?


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