Cooking Dinner in the Washing Machine is a Thing

Cook dinner in the washing machine? We know, it sounds crazy. But there is more logic to this method than there may initially seem.

Inspired by a homeless blogger who named laundromats as one of the most useful places for the homeless (in addition to libraries), Iftach Gazit—a student from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem—wanted to add one more thing to the list of things that could be done at a laundromat. Wash clothes, fill water bottles, plug in a cell phone, and—now—make dinner.

Sous La Vie bags can go right in the washer with your clothes. | Photo by Gray Design

He invented the Sous La Vie vacuum-cooking bag as part of a class assignment. Made from water resistant Tyvek paper, you can use it whip up anything from steak to veggies, while your clothes wash in the machine. Simply adjust the type of wash to the type of food—e.g. veggies get set to “cottons” for a shorter cook time. It’s basically like the sous vide method of cooking in which you slow cook food in a vacuum-sealed bag at a low temperature.

Food is pre-seasoned and ready to go. | Photo by Gray Design

So, when you think about it, it’s not that crazy. And just to reiterate—because we know you’re probably still wondering—the Sous La Vie is crazy waterproof. Nothing’s getting into that thing, but deliciously cooked food is coming out.

The Sous La Vie is just a prototype, but here are 5 reasons why you should try sous vide at home!