Offbeat

By Jack Williams


A design student has flipped the idea of microwaveable dinners on its head by proposing tasty meals that can be cooked inside a WASHING MACHINE.

Iftach Gazit invented a food bag which, when placed in the machine, sees the vacuum-sealed ingredients steamed over a long period of time.

PIC BY IFTACH GAZIT / CATERS NEWS 

Called Sous La Vie, Iftach compared his idea to sous-vide – simply know as vacuum cooking – with different types of food having different cooking times and, with that, washing machine settings.

For example, vegetables, which do not need to be cooked for a long duration, can be put on a short cotton cycle; a piece of meat could be cooked on the longer synthetics setting.

PIC BY IFTACH GAZIT / CATERS NEWS 

Iftach, 31, who is studying design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, hopes that his idea will be a way for homeless people in large cities to have access to cooked meals.

With the likes of laundromats running 24-7, Iftach said, there will always be access to a method of cooking his meals.

PIC BY IFTACH GAZIT / CATERS NEWS 

Each meal comes with instructions and nutritional information, and by using Tyvek paper, soap does not damage the contents of the bag.

Iftach has already tested his idea with a prototype and plans to continue working on the invention in the future.

He said: “The first Idea was to help homeless people cook their meals and, indeed, some of the responses I got for my work on different blogs were from homeless people, and they liked the idea.

PIC BY IFTACH GAZIT / CATERS NEWS 

“If I can help them it will be great – even by just raising awareness.

“Besides that, it was more of a statement about where society is heading, comparing the TV dinner to modern times.

“The responses have been mixed: a lot of people thought of it as a gimmick, and a lot more really liked it.

PIC BY IFTACH GAZIT / CATERS NEWS 

“It was nice to see and read different ideas about it.

“I’m overwhelmed with the response I’m getting for this project, I would like to thank anyone who has taken the time to look at it and read about it.”