You may think your coffee machine is a one-trick pony – smells a little better than a freshly brewed pot of coffee? But let us think about it for a moment. This device heats the water to about 22 ° C and is equipped with a hotplate to keep it at about 22 ° C. Whether you're traveling, living in a dorm, or just having the idea that a kitchen tool does more than one thing, you'll love knowing what your coffee maker can do except brewing coffee.
Instant soup, especially Ramen packets, is perfect for preparing with a coffee machine. Break the noodles and pour all the contents, including the spice mixture, into the coffee carafe. Now pour water through the machine as if you were making coffee. Let it rest on the hot plate for a few minutes, and you can start.
You'll think I'm crazy, but stay here with me. You can really bake minipancakes on the hob of a coffee maker. First lay the burner with foil (optional, but the foil keeps it clean) and let it heat up. Now pour a small amount of dough directly onto the foil. Turn it over when the edges start to turn brown and the surface develops small bubbles. Amazing, no?
MAKE GRILLED CHEESE
Refer back to the pancakes above. With the same method you can make grilled cheese sandwiches. Just let the burner with foil reach its maximum heat and then place your butter cheese sandwich directly on top. Once it's golden brown, flip it over to grill the other side. Delicious!
This is a great idea, especially if you are traveling and staying in a hotel room. Add oatmeal, cinnamon and / or raisins to the decanter at will. Add the right amount of water (according to your recipe or label on a packet of instant oatmeal) to the coffee machine. Stir it and allow the oatmeal to "cook" accordingly. Let's start: Immediate breakfast!
Carefully put a few eggs in the coffee carafe. Continue as if you were brewing a pot of coffee. Just leave the coffee. Make sure you use enough water to completely cover the eggs. Let the eggs rest on the hot plate for about 10 minutes in hot water or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
Boiled corn on the COB
Break the fresh corn into pieces that are small enough to fit in the carafe. Let a full water tank rest on the hot plate until the corn is soft! Pour out the water and remove the small flasks with pliers. Who knew, right?
Make mini cupcakes
I laughed aloud when I read about this idea. Maybe I scoffed. But then I tried. That's adorable, if not super smart. You can actually bake mini-cupcakes on the hob of a coffee maker! I used a small metal measuring cup and a small pot to remove it. Half of the "cupcake can" (measuring cup), place it on the hotplate of the coffee maker (which will allow you to heat to maximum heat) and spin the pot over it to get a tiny oven. Keep an eye on it, as it does not take too long to prepare a delicious, tiny cupcake. Really, if I was still in college, this would be my favorite dorm trick.
Whether you fancy fondue or want to dip some strawberries in chocolate, your coffee machine will help. Place the chocolate or the items to be melted in the decanter and insert them. The hotplate of the coffee machine melts the chocolate and keeps it in the right consistency for hours. Perfect for immersion in marshmallows, fruit and other things you might have thought of.
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