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  • Extreme money-saving tip: Cook in your car

    Last year, I saw a Serious Eats post about a woman who baked cookies on her dashboard. And today, Serious Eats posted about a man who cooked salmon en papillote in his car’s engine. Apparently, there’s even a book devoted to this cooking method: Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine.

    I have to admit, I’m tempted to try baking cookies in my car. The weather certainly gets hot enough here that I could do it. But I park in a garage almost all the time, so I probably won’t go out of my way to do this.

    On the other hand, if money was very, very tight, I would consider cooking in my car as a cost-saving measure.

    Would you?

    Image credit: BakingBites.com.


    1. Anonymous says:

      This is bordering the line between frugal and cheap. I would never do this… I think it’s more on the cheap side. Sorry!

    2. Dedicated says:

      From my side, I saw “wow, this would be fun.” Not cheap at all.

      I could just see me and my kids when they were younger trying this out, while we took a walk or went to the forest preserve.

      As a mom, I definitely would have added this to our “fun, let’s try it list”.

    3. I wouldn’t want my car smelling like cookies. It would increase my appetite. I have asked my dh about making a solar oven but we really haven’t looked into it.

    4. Chief Family Officer says:

      @anon – No apology necessary. I would only do this on a regular basis if I was really desperate to cut costs. But I love Dedicated’s experimental perspective.

      @Dedicated – I totally agree, this will make a fun experiment (though Marc may kill me for making the car smell of cookies)!

      @Katy – Good point. Hm, I’ll have to look into the solar oven thing. The little I know about it is what I picked up from watching of the defunct Ed Begley Jr. show on HGTV when it was on. 🙂

    5. Kim Moldofsky says:

      Interesting, but what about those toxic fumes that supposedly rise up from the dashboard when the car sits in the sun?

      BTW, life insurance posts are still in the queue. I haven’t forgotten 🙂

    6. Ethan @ Self Improvement Mentor says:

      I’ve seen things like this and must admit that I am quite fascinated by it. Having said that, I don’t think I’m quite ready to try it out yet.

      It’s nothing abt being cheap or whatever, but just concerned about the hygiene of getting stuff cooked in a car. Maybe I’ll change my mind after I’ve actually seen it up close.

    7. Anonymous says:

      If I was to the point where I resulted in using my car to cook, I certainly wouldn’t be buying cookie dough with whatever money I had.