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The Three Basic Cooking Techniques that Work in a Coffee Maker

Thorin Klosowski , Gawker Media

The Three Basic Cooking Techniques that Work in a Coffee Maker

Whether you're stuck in a hotel for an extended stay or your dorm room just doesn't have any other options, your coffee maker is a surprisingly reasonable place to cook a meal or two. You actually have a bunch of options for meals in those coffee makers, but NPR breaks down the three basic cooking types that anyone can use a coffee maker to cook with.

Cooking in your coffee maker doesn't sound like the greatest idea, but you can get away with cooking meals in three different ways:

  1. Steam : The basket at the top is a great place to steam vegetables. You can throw in broccoli, cauliflower or any vegetable that cooks in about the same time as those.
  2. Poach : The carafe at the bottom serves as a simple vessel for poaching fish and chicken. You can also use it to hard-boil eggs or make couscous and oatmeal.
  3. Grill : This technique is a bit more advanced - and time-consuming. But if you're really itching for a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun in a motel room, the coffee maker's burner can serve as a miniature grill.

We've walked you through a few of these before, including poaching a chicken , cooking breakfast , and making oatmeal . Head over to NPR for a few recipes and cooking tricks.

Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner | NPR

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