14 Surprising Foods You Can Cook Using Just a Coffee Maker
Your coffee maker can grind beans and brew your morning cuppa all before you get out of bed. But that single-use appliance is capable of so much more if you have a little culinary imagination. Plus, it can come in surprisingly handy for hungry students stuck in a college dorm or those making do without a stove during a kitchen renovation.
If burgers and hot dogs are on the menu, you can heat the sausages in your coffee maker before serving, and keep them warm while you wait. Add as many hot dogs as you need—a whole package should fit—and brew enough water to cover. Let the hot dogs sit 15 to 20 minutes to warm. Drain and serve, or use a fork to remove each hot dog one at a time, keeping the others warm until they’re needed. Try out these simple ways to make a boring old hot dog delicious.
If you’ve purchased that small frying pan for hot sandwiches, you can use it on the hot plate to fry or scramble an egg or two. Need more cooked eggs? You can scramble several eggs in your coffee maker’s carafe. Add the eggs to the carafe with any ingredients you prefer (milk, salt, and pepper, for example), and flip on the warming plate. Let the eggs warm, stirring occasionally to scramble. This may take longer than cooking on the stove or in a microwave, so start cooking them a bit earlier than you typically might to make sure they’re ready on time.
When the powdered cocoa just won’t do, make your own lusciously rich hot chocolate in your coffee maker. Fill the carafe with two cups of heavy cream and a bag of chocolate chips. Brew one to two cups of water, and stir to melt and combine the ingredients. Before serving, stir the chocolate to make sure any chocolate pieces at the bottom are incorporated into the drink. These hot chocolate hacks will make you love winter.
Crispy rice treats
If you have a large capacity coffee carafe (at least an eight-cup carafe), that could be the container for a delightfully fun dessert. In the carafe, melt three to four tablespoons of butter. Add a ten-ounce bag of marshmallows and stir to melt. When the marshmallows are melted and combined thoroughly with the butter, add six cups of crispy rice cereal, one cup at a time, to the marshmallow mixture. Stir to combine, then pour the rice cereal into a buttered three-quart dish. Let the treats harden, then cut into squares to serve. Read on for more secret uses for your favorite kitchen gadgets.