When M3 Office and Deseen on March 22, JNi.Media in the Jewish Press of March 28 and Digital Trends on March 31 reported food preparation in the washing machine, it was easier to understand it as an April Fool’s joke than when the Gardian, the Jerusalem Post (front page), Food&Wine, Hello Giggles and Only Simchas News published this respectively on April 13, 19, 19, 20 and 21.
However, a good first-of-April prank must give itself away somewhere. Does this story do that? Yes, it does. Heating food at a 100˚ Celsius for half an hour cannot be done “in moderately hot water for a long period of time.” What would be next? Cooking at room temperature — just take a day or two?
When confronted with this, “(con?) artist” Iftach Gazit replies to readers’ reactions: “Yes, It can also [sic!] work in a dishwasher.” (For results, see below.)
It is still possible that this is not a joke but rather hogwash (pun intended) made possible by some art students and journalists never having prepared a meal in their lives and having flunked chemistry, but my bet is on it being a clever hoax by the “inventor,” who doesn’t want this idea developed – only desires to make us think (a major goal in art). A more timely reporting would have made it easier for their readers to thrash out the enigma of this ‘revolutionary’ cuisine method.
Unfortunately, there seems more than one type of deceit involved, when we find this “recent novelty” already at YouTube from many years ago, as Wonderful Engineering just found out too.
- Washing Machine Cookery going as far back as eight years (!) ago, trying to make scrambled eggs and improved wine in just (!) 90 minutes! Results: disgusting.
- Also, SoraNews24 presented: Put your washing machine to better use – cook Chinese potato and pork rib [not for Jews] soup with it!【Video】– no cooking bags used, so they ruined their washing machine!
- But then there is from over five (!) years ago: sponsored by Electrolux, Dishwasher Slow Cooking – Roast Veal in a Mackerel Sauce [not kosher]. This is sold as a great way to slow cook in dish washers at no cost to the environment (yes, the demonstrator claims a zero carbon footprint for this!) – never mind that using a dishwasher to cook meat for three (!) hours (or use ever) is a pure assault on your carbon footprint and water and electricity consumption. For a fish dish, you don’t only dish-wash-cook the dead animals in Electrolux vacuum-sucked bags but also Electrolux grill them afterwards to make them crisp and make the souse by Electrolux hand mixer or blender – is there any machine that Electrolux doesn’t sell? Zero carbon footprint? Do they think that we have zero brains?
- More recently: How to Cook an Entire Meal in the Dishwasher | Eat the Trend [not kosher either] (two years ago). Very handy in a kitchen with a dishwasher but without a stove top or hotplate?! How ridiculous!
- There is even: Making Bacon [again, not kosher] and Eggs with an iron and a coffee machine.
- In yet another YouTube video, the priceless Mythbusters did the final checking for us: Cooking [non-kosher] Lasagna with Dishwasher – result: normally baked in the oven for 50 minutes, 162 minutes (!) in a dishwasher at 136˚ Celsius did do the job – so not in a normal dish-washing cycle. For lasagna only, of(f) course. They even tried cooking a Thanksgiving dinner under a car hood and … succeeded.
All in all, we are getting a bit off-track. Let’s not forget that the original idea was about washing-machine cooking.
- If you want to waste time, water and electricity big time, you can slow cook in a dish washer – yet, throw out that monster!
- But no one ever cooked or will cook meals per electronic washing machine until they are fit out with special food-only cycles (because cooking your meal while cleaning your laundry would either destroy the latter of not cook the former). Don’t hold your breath though, because who could succeed selling machines that would waste so much time, electricity and water for making a simple meal?
- Food preparation in the washing machine is an old, potentially wasteful but completely unworkable idea.
- I would call this a prank or ruse and fake news, but not fraud.
- Never believe anything in the news until you’ve researched it. Especially when it makes no sense at first glance or second thought.