Wouldn’t it be handy if we could wash our clothes and cook our dinner at the same time? And no, I’m not talking about learning how to multitask it, I mean literally doing it at the same time. In the same machine. Yup, that’s what industrial design student Iftach Gazit from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design has created. His project is named “Under Pressure”, and it features the use of Tyvek vacuum bags that allow food to be cooked inside your washing machine.
The name of the bags, “Sous La Vie (Under Life)”, is a clever play on words for the term “sous vide (“under vacuum)”, which is the culinary process which processes the food in the bags to cook them in the washing machine
Source: Gray Design
Now, before you call us crazy, let’s have Iftach Gazit explain how it works:
“In sous vide the food is cooked in a bath-like device at temperatures usually around 50 to 70 degrees Celsius. The same conditions can be found in a washing machine; all you have to do is change the semantics. 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. Sous vide offers a scientific approach to cooking your food in a controlled environment, so after some trial and error you might achieve satisfying results.”
Source: Gray Design
On the official website of the project, Gazit commented on the social implication of food and the food industry, as well as the dying American middle class and just how useful a washing machine can be when there are no other options:
“The food we eat, and the way we eat it, reflects on our taste but much more on our economic abilities and culture. Our meals provide an example of the social aspects of our lives. In this case we will witness the rise (and fall) of the middle class as it can be seen through the home cooked meal. …In this day and age we see a continuing decline in the middle class’s ability to maintain its standard of living, especially after the 2008 mortgage crisis that left many people without a home. The dream became a nightmare and people had to be resourceful and find replacements and solutions. …One such solution is the laundromat, most of them are open 24/7 and they offer a hassle-free shelter.”