phynedyning

The Ugly: Waste not, want not

In Lifestyle on January 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

Newspapermen publish their mistakes and doctors bury theirs.

Low brow takes a bow in the Jewish Press

The January/February issue of The Greater Des Moines Jewish Press published a whopper of a mistake; in addition to its indulgence of an amateur “foodie” who may know his food, but knows nothing about professional food service.

The Phyne Dyner will not publish the “recipe” here, in hopes it will quietly fade away.

As a Jew of the Reform tradition, I fully embrace the ideal of “repairing/perfecting the world” (tikkun olam) as partners with G-d.

Which is precisely why the Phyne Dyner passes on “Dishwasher Poached Fish” .

It would be easy to lampoon the “recipe” on the basis it “couldn’t be easier”.  Earl and Randy Hickey (My Name is Earl characters) walking on down to the blacktop with a fork to scarf up roadkill would be similarly easy.

The better argument against even trying “Dishwasher Poached Fish” is its horrific waste of natural resources.

Essentially, the recipe consists of wrapping seasoned fish portions in aluminum foil, placing them on the top rack of the dishwasher, and running it through a full cycle…sans detergent (DUH!).

A dishwasher used in this manner uses approximately 4-6 gallons of water and expends 1-2kW of energy.

The Jewish Press may wish to check with our Israeli brothers and sisters about the precious nature of water and energy and consider how many young people may have convinced their indulgent parents into trying this ecological faux pas.

The Phyne Dyner admonishes all comers…”If you want to make foil-packet poached fish, do it in a 400-degree oven for 6-18 minutes.

Another exercise in poor judgment from the Jewish Press.

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