Fab Frugal Friday: Dishwasher Blanching!

Dishwasher Method of Blanching

Dishwasher Method of Blanching

I decided to post this on the blog at the risk of everyone thinking I am completely insane.

Yes, I blanch vegetables in my dishwasher. I know. I know: Very strange, indeed, but here’s the thing: IT WORKS!

When you have tons of veggies from the garden or purchased at your local produce stand, this is a simple mess-free way to blanch them before freezing. Last night we picked broccoli and cauliflower from the garden and then loaded the dishwasher full and turned the dishwasher on the “Short Wash” cycle. (BTW – DON’T add soap! Yikes!) I let the veggies go through a full wash cycle and then when the dishwasher gets to the “heated dry” cycle, I check the veggies every 5 minutes or so until they are a perfect crisp-cooked stage.

The broccoli took about 5 minutes, but the cauliflower needed about twice that.

Then, let the veggies cool. Chop and place in zip lock bags and throw in the freezer. THAT’S IT! Perfect blanched frozen veggies with so little effort and no mess! I promise you will never go back to spending hours with many batches of veggies in boiling water filling up your steamy-hot kitchen!

— posted by Donna


  1. eileen says

    I put my veggies in pillow cases. Long King size work best. tie the ends and turn on the dishwasher. Keeps silk etc getting into and possible plugging the dishwasher. Love it!!!!!

  2. Mel says

    This is my 3rd year to blanch corn in the dishwasher!!
    It works great. Ii run it in 1/2 cycle (shirt cycle) take it
    out hot place In ice water let air dry and put in vac seal
    Bags. Fresh corn in cold winter!! Delicious ! I also turn
    My rinse agent to off and no soap!!

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