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Dishwashers are for Washing Dishes

A Taste

For Nutrition

By Kimberly Fox, Extension Agent

Family Nutrition Program/Family and Consumer Science


Dishwashers are for Washing Dishes

The idea that dishwashers are meant for washing dishes should be an obvious one, and yet for some reason, there seems to be the idea that dishwashers can also be used for cooking and food preservation. 

This is a dangerous idea for a variety of reasons.  First of all, there is no way to know how hot the water temperature in the dishwasher is, or how long it stayed at a specific temperature.  Especially when cooking protein foods such as turkey, it is impossible to know if the heat penetrated the meat completely. 

Even though you may have read that making your holiday dinner in the dishwasher is the way to go, I would instead choose options that you know will be safe such as using an oven, fryer, or a grill.  The one place you do not want to travel to this holiday season is the hospital, and when you choose to preserve or cook food in the dishwasher, it is very likely your family may be making a road trip there.

Canning in the oven is also dangerous, for similar reasons.  It is not possible to regulate temperature, which can lead to bacteria growth and serious food poisoning. A reminder that the only two safe ways to can are pressure canning and water bath canning. 

This holiday season, avoid the motto, “we’ve always done it that way and we were fine” and instead adopt a new motto, “better safe than sorry.”

If you are wondering about what cooking or food preservation methods are safe, and which to avoid, feel free to contact NDSU Extension Service in Benson County at 473-5363 and your questions will be answered.

Here is a recipe for grandma’s stuffing.  It is packed with delicious ingredients from the fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, and dairy food groups.  Enjoy!

Grandma’s Stuffing


  • 10 cups whole wheat bread cubes (or white bread or buns, dry)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried (or 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 apples (optional - medium, pared, cored and chopped, or 1/4 cup raisins)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put cubes in a large bowl. Set aside.  Put water in medium saucepan. Add onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Do not drain. Pour over bread cubes.  Stir in milk and egg. Gently stir in apples, and raisins, if desired.  Spoon into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Makes: 8 servings.  Each serving contains 150 calories, 1 gram of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 330 mg of sodium,1 gram fiber, and 7 grams protein. 


  • University of Wisconsin, Cooperative Extension Service, A Family Living Program
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