Surprisingly Smart Cooking Hacks Using 3 Random Home Appliances
If you're in the market for a new kitchen gadget, watch this informative (and fun!) episode of Hit or Myth first.
Modern homes are filled to the brim with electronics, appliances, and gadgets, from simple alarm clocks and slow cookers to sophisticated devices like the Amazon Echo or Instant Pot. Whether you’re facing a counter top or entire basement packed with products, one has to wonder, isn’t there something else I can use all this stuff for?
That’s what we set out to answer in this week’s episode of Hit or Myth. We love playing with the newest kitchen tools, but there are few things better than discovering a new use for an object or gadget we already own. After all, the absolute best appliances out there can tackle a number of different tasks—did we mention our affinity for the Instant Pot? Here, we test kitchen products to find what functions they can add to their resume.
Can you cook a grilled cheese sandwich using an iron?
Yes, that type of iron—the one you use to get wrinkles out of your work wardrobe. This one seemed like a silly-not-serious stunt until Ananda shared that she actually tried this trick in a moment of desperation when studying abroad in college. (Grilled cheese cravings are no joke!)
We buttered our bread, packed it with American cheese, and wrapped the sandwich in foil to keep the cheese from ruining our iron. After a few minutes of ironing on medium-high heat on each side (by way of the Cotton - Linen setting), we unwrapped the foil and pulled the sandwich out. We were shocked to see how well this worked. Sure, the cheese could have been oozier and the bread could have been toastier, but we devoured those sandwiches. If you’re stranded on a desert island (or in a hotel room) in need of a grilled cheese stat, an iron will definitely do the trick.
Can you make bacon in a waffle maker?
It’s such a smart idea. If this passes our test, it means you can cook your bacon twice as fast, because you’re cooking it on both sides at once. We lined up a few pieces of bacon on the grates of a preheated waffle iron and shut the lid. After the light changed to tell us time was up, we very carefully removed the bacon from the hot grates and gave it a try.
This hack slaps. The bacon was crispy, crunchy, and full of flavor. I wouldn’t say it worked all that much faster, but it was unquestionably easy. One word of advice, however, would be to only try this method in a waffle iron with removable cooking grates. Cleanup would be a nightmare if you couldn’t pop the plates out to wash them.
Live your best life by following your bacon-cooking session with waffle batter—is there anything more deliciously indulgent than waffles cooked in bacon fat?
Can you cook soup in a high-powered blender?
We don’t just mean blend soup ingredients. We mean cook—as in, heat sufficiently to serve it steaming hot. Apparently, if you run a high-performance blender (like a Vitamix) for five minutes or longer, the blades will create enough friction to heat up what’s inside. We set out to make tomato basil soup, adding raw garlic, onions, canned tomatoes, and herbs to the blender jar. We processed the mixture for five minutes and when we took the lid off, it was indeed super steamy. Though the garlic was still a bit raw and pungent, the soup was cooked. Hit. Next time, we’d try this with more mild ingredients (read: no raw garlic). Nevertheless, this is a game-changing trick. And so long as you’re using a solid high-performance blender, it’s totally safe. Vitamix actually has a whole page on their site dedicated to making hot soups!