Sous La Vie bags are vacuum-packed for cooking food in a washing machine. Sous La Vie bags are vacuum-packed for cooking food in a washing machine. You've heard of "wash and wear," right? Well, what about "wash and eat?" (Photo: Iftach Gazit)

A student invented a way to cook dinner in your washing machine

This idea goes where no steam-bag meal has gone before.

There's a new frontier in steam-bag dinners, and it's starting in your washing machine.

A new project-turned-invention by a design student – Iftach Gazit of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel – aims to combine two household tasks into one: cooking and laundry.

Introducing the Sous La Vie. Fancy name, sure, but its concept is quite simple. It's a waterproof vacuum bag made specifically for cooking food in the washing machine. Meals include teriyaki salmon, seasoned mixed vegetables and garlic-herb steak. Pop it in with your laundry, follow directions, eat up.

Sous La Vie bags are vacuum-packed for cooking food in a washing machine.Sous La Vie bags are vacuum-packed for cooking food in a washing machine. (Photo: Iftach Gazit)

"I was inspired by the craze of sous vide cooking, where food is vacuum-sealed and immersed in hot water for long periods of time,” the 31-year-old from Tel Aviv told the U.K. Guardian. “But rather than cooking a piece of meat at 58° C for two and a half hours, you could just set your washing machine to ‘synthetics’ for a long cycle. For vegetables, you could set it to a short hot ‘cotton’ program.”

But that's not all: He also has a humanitarian angle. Gazit studied the evolution of food as it relates to class structure as part of his project. He learned that with the rise of post-war industrialization in the U.S., two things emerged: the washing machine and the TV dinner.

A scene from the 2008 movie "Pleasantville.""Honey, I'm home!" Life used to be so simple, didn't it? (Photo: New Line Cinema)

"Time is money and cooking takes time," Gazit wrote in a blog post. "But what happens when you no longer even have a house to maintain this American dream?"

That's where the laundromat came in. If you're without a machine, he said, a useful place to go is to the laundromat. You can wash clothes for a low price, so why not merge that convenience with a low-cost meal?

Lest you thought your next meal would come with a side of Tide, unfortunately Gazit's invention isn't available for purchase. He says he designed the product more as a social conversation starter than a practical solution.

"The food we eat, and the way we eat it, reflects on our taste but much more on our economic abilities and culture," Gazit said. "Our meals provide an example of the social aspects of our lives."

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