Using A Coffeemaker To Cook

Using A Coffeemaker To Cook

Range Govindan
Aug 27, 2009

Cooking without appliances is one thing, but we never imagined using a coffeemaker for anything else but making coffee. But apparently you can do loads of things with it, like poaching chicken with couscous. We're actually quite serious, but even to the most accepting, this sounds like a ludicrous claim...

The MacGuyver Chef series by Dan Nosowitz gives you clear instructions and details, as well as taste tests, on maverick cooking. We actually find it quite surprising that this works. It works well and the results taste good. The technique he used is quite straightforward. It takes about 30 minutes to cook chicken breasts this way. Dan mentions that you shouldn't be afraid to season it. You need to place butter, seasonings and the chicken breast in the carafe after having measured off a centimeter of water. You let it cook for about 15 minutes on each side. The chicken is half boiled half steamed.

Dan also adds a side dish of couscous, which is quite easy to prepare since couscous only needs hot water and butter to be made. Dan reports that this is a perfect recipe to use if you are stuck in a dorm room without a hotplate or some hotel room. The only downside is that the meat isn't browned. The coffeemaker doesn't get hot enough for it. We are kind of amazed at the results.

[via Gizmodo, photos by Dan Nosowitz]

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