How To Sous-Vide In The Washing Machine

Socks with a side of salmon, anyone?

Devices that allow you to bring the restaurant craze of sous vide home are increasingly affordable. But you might not need any of them. Iftach Gazit, a design student at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, has created sealed bags called Sous La Vie filled with food like salmon and teriyaki sauce, and steak with garlic and herbs that can be popped into a washing machine and cooked while your T-shirts are getting cleaned.

"Instead of following a sous vide recipe and cooking a piece of meat at 58˚C for two and a half hours, just set your washing machine to 'synthetics' for a long duration program. Cooking vegetables? Set your machine to 'cotton' for a short duration program," he writes on Gray Design.

Gazit's original inspiration wasn't the sous-vide trend. Rather, the idea was sparked when he was studying the homeless population in New York, where individuals use Laundromats as places to rest, refill water bottles, charge phones and, of course, clean clothes. So why not also heat up food? the Guardian reports.

The bags, which are made from waterproof Tyvek have illustrations of the food on them and nod to the design of clothing labels. Gazit hasn't started producing them for a public market though, as the project is meant to spark discussion. Still, we'll hold out hope that these bags will pop up on shelves soon.