One of the best parts of finally moving out of home is the freedom to do whatever you want in the kitchen. Sure, it’s nice having other people around to cook for you when you’re working late. But it’s also nice to cook what you want, when you want, and experiment with your appliances as you see fit.
Here, I’ll share a few of my own kitchen experiments that went right. These unconventional kitchen appliance uses are things I’d never have tried back when I had roommates looking over my shoulder, but now they’re a part of my regular routine.
1. Use Your Crock Pot/Slow Cooker to Make Yogurt
I’ve never been a fan of advanced meal preparation. I enjoy the experience of cooking a meal for myself when I get home from work, so the idea of making all my meals on a Sunday and reheating them throughout the week just doesn’t appeal to me. But I still love my crock pot for one reason: I use it every week to make yogurt.
Making your own yogurt in a crock pot couldn’t be easier. Here’s the entire thing:
- Fill the crock pot with milk (whole, 2% or skim) and turn the heat on high.
- Heat the milk to 180 degrees.
- Turn off the crock pot and wait for the milk to cool to between 120 and 100 degrees.
- Add a cup of probiotic yogurt with live bacteria cultures to the crock pot.
- Wait 10-12 hours.
There. You now have an entire crock pot full of yogurt. If you want it thick, strain it.
2. Use Your Microwave to Disinfect Sponges
As I said above, I prefer to cook meals as often as possible, so I rarely use my microwave to reheat food. Not that it has anything to do with safety – the idea that microwaves are dangerous is a myth (for more Danby kitchen posts, click here - www.danby.com).
But I still keep a microwave in my kitchen. For cleaning. Yes, really.
It turns out microwaves are pretty good at disinfecting kitchen sponges – which are utterly disgusting, by the way, so you should definitely do this. Or throw your sponges out more often. But why do that when you could zap the microbes away?
3. Use Your Washing Machine to Clean Plastic
Don’t want to scrub those dirty dog toys by hand? Throw them in the washing machine.
Before you turn away in disgust, just think about it. Is there anything sticking to that toy that doesn’t stick to the bottom of your socks? No. If your washing machine is good enough for that, it’s good enough for dog toys.
Of course, I’d advise checking the manual for your machine first. Some models don’t recommend putting anything aside from clothes in the wash. I know for a fact that Danby’s portable washing machines have this limitation, but that could be because of their smaller size (if you like the idea of a portable washing machine, click here – www.danby.com).