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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.

Corn on the cob

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Don’t wait for a stockpot of water to boil. Put several ears of corn in the carafe—cut them in half to fit—and fill the machine with four cups of water. Brew the water and let the corn sit ten minutes. Roll the ears of corn over in the hot water and let them sit another ten minutes or until tender. Don’t miss these unexpected recipes that were made for your Crock-Pot.

Caramel apples

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If you can turn small glass bowls into a makeshift double boiler, you’re in the ooey-gooey melted caramel game. Remove the carafe from your coffee maker and turn on the warming plate. Set a glass bowl on the hot plate and add several tablespoons of water. Put another glass bowl of equal size on top of the bottom bowl. Add several caramel candies or melts to the top bowl, and stir occasionally to melt. Once the candies are melted, you can dunk an apple into the caramel, or use it as a dip for any number of treats: Large marshmallows, strawberries, and more. (Don’t let kids do this unsupervised as the caramel can burn them.)

Poached fish

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Sous vide cooking is popular in high-end kitchens and among techie cooks alike, but crafty home cooks know you can use your coffee maker for a similar end result. Cut pieces of fish—thicker fish like salmon and cod are great options—down to size, and place them in the bottom of the coffee carafe. Add your preferred seasonings and fill the machine with three to four cups of water. Turn on the coffee maker and let the water brew. Let the fish sit in the hot water for seven to ten minutes or until the fish is tender. (For thinner fish, poach for less time.) Drain the water from the carafe and serve the fish. Check out some more easy, delicious fish recipes for busy weeknights.

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