Power scrub salmon

 

Since dishwashers sanitize in a range from 130 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, clean dishes can result in the byproduct of perfectly steamed salmon.
Since they sanitize in a range from 130 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, dishwashers can double as salmon steamers.

 

By Cheyenne  Mathews
Staff Writers

My high school years are slipping by fast and soon I will be going to college. Which means I will have to learn how to pay taxes, buy a car, and cook food. Feeding myself seems to be the most daunting task especially with all the health concerns revolving around diets or certain foods. Should I eat GMO’s? How much chocolate is too much? Is there is such a thing as eating too much chocolate? Is eating farmed meat bad? These concerns don’t even begin to delve into the realm of actually cooking. How long do you cook a cake? How do you flip an omelet without ruining it? Why do my cookies always burn?
I have a lot of work ahead of me.
This week I shook off all my worries about food and decided to attempt a cooking experiment that could be fun- cooking the perfect piece  of salmon: tender, moist and delicious. But… with a dishwasher.
I found that the best salmon does not come from an oven but steps away in the device that cleans cutlery.
That’s right, dishwasher cooking leads to some of the most tender and tasty salmon I have ever tried and I live in the salmon capitol of the world Ketchikan, Alaska.
Dishwashers sanitize dishes in a range of temperatures from 130 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit- temperatures perfect for steaming salmon.
The process is simple, find a recipe (my recipe attached below), follow the recipe and then turn the dishwasher on to a normal/high cycle and wait. The added benefit of using a dishwasher is that you can clean the dish you’ll use for the fish. Who doesn’t like warm warm dishes right out of the dry cycle?
If you wash the dishes with soap you should package the salmon in airtight mason jars so that you can still have tender salmon without the soapy flavor.
As a novice in the kitchen I had no experience with what the perfect salmon should look like. Sure, I have eaten a fair share of salmon in my life, most of which was delicious, but the actual knowledge of what a perfect salmon looks like was something I had never paid attention to. So I enlisted the help of my dad, who, in my expert opinion is a great cook. We compared his recipe of baked salmon with asparagus to the power scrubbed food.
The squeaky clean food was better.
I have a theory that putting a piece of fish back in its natural watery habitat makes the salmon come back to life for one last hurrah before it becomes tasty food.

The finished result of dishwasher salmon.
The finished result of dishwasher salmon.

I am not the only one who thinks this way, several internet sites agree as wells as other professionals. For example there are two professional eaters in my house- my brother and my dad. The both voted the unconventional salmon as tastier.
“This one [dishwasher salmon] is better overall, it made the noodles better. The salmon tastes just fine.” My dad said with his mouth filled with the steamy dishwasher food.
They noticed that the separation of flavors was harder to taste but stated that the way the dishwashed food is cooked in jars makes them easily transportable and heated.
Other experts have weighed in on dishwasher cooking including Oprah and NPR sources, so there are plenty of great ‘washed and dried’ salmon recipes to try.
The meal was salmon, noodles and asparagus with cilantro, lime and scallions. The washed meal took longer on the power scrub cycle – about an hour and a half whereas the baked salmon took about 45 minutes. But the time was worth the reward because the washed salmon had a far better texture than baked salmon. The dished and washed asparagus was too crunchy but the scallions turned out fine.
At the end of the meal as I was walking away my dad looks over at my brother and says, “Maybe now she’ll wash the dishes more.”

The Recipe

  • Coho Salmon- we had a fillet in the fridge from fishing this summer, but any kind of salmon works. Cut into slices that fit the selected jar.
  • Scallions- they look like onions, chop these into little pieces
  • Fresh Cilantro- chop up, only a bushel needed
  • Asparagus- chopped to fit into the mason jar
  • Lemon juice- A teaspoon of this in each serving (or jar)
  • Udon Noodles- tear into pieces until it fits in the jar
  • Cajun Seasoning- season after dishwashing
  • Ginger- cut into very small slices about the size of your pinky nail, place one of these slices into each jar


Other recipes can be found at NPR under blogs and dishwasher cooking.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
This is not the same as pressure cooking. Pressure cooking requires different standards of time and temperature to kill all bacteria for a long-term shelf life. Be sure all food is cooked properly before consumption and that your dishwasher is properly working.

Kayhi takes first at home debate

Staff Reports

Kayhi hosted and competed in the December DDF meet Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. Ketchikan Debate Drama and Forensics team competed against five other high schools from Southeast Alaska.
Debate team members Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews placed first in public forum debate. Kistler and Mathews won the final debate with a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges.
Kayhi debate coach Mrs. Woodward said that she was very happy with how the meet went.
“The Ketchikan home debate meet went very well,” Woodward said, “I was very proud of my students and all the time and effort they put forth.”
The resolve of the debate meet was ‘For-profit prisons should be banned.’ Kistler and Mathews debated the negation of the resolve in the final debate.
Woodward said that Kistler felt prepared and her efforts showed in the final debate.
“Before the debate even started Kistler told me she felt more prepared for this resolve than ever before. I guess she was right because with a 6-1 record her team with Mathews was on fire.” Woodward said.
Kayhi teams Kinani Halvorsen and Claire Landis along with Frances Barry and Anthony Joslyn also ranked within the top ten debate teams.
Mathews placed fourth in speaker points and Landis placed 11th.
In original oratory Kistler placed third with a speech on patience.
In extemporaneous speaking Mathews placed fourth and Joslyn took seventh.
Kayhi also placed high in Drama events. Sophomore Bella Posey took second place in solo acting and extemporaneous commentary. Posey took first in dramatic interpretation and did a command performance for the second time this season.
Woodward said that Posey impressed her with her performance in dramatic interpretation.
“Posey did an incredible job on her dramatic interpretation. She performed a compelling rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.” She finished first place in both of the rooms she competed in and ended up 1st in finals as well.”
This meet was the first time Kayhi debate took first the entire season. There is one more Southeast meet in Juneau. DDF state is in February.

Upcoming events

Dec.18th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg
5:00pm– Wrestling Team Dinner at Kayhi in the Commons

Dec. 19th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg

Dec. 20th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg

Dec. 29th
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)

Dec. 30th
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)
7:00pm– Homecoming/ Homecoming Dance

Dec. 31st
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)

Jan. 7th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Lathrop

Jan. 8th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament

Jan. 9th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament
3:00pm– Academic Decathalon @ Metlakatla

Jan. 10th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament
3:00pm– Academic Decathalon @ Metlakatla

Jan. 14th
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 15th
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 16th
5:00pm– BBB Home VS. TM
3:00pm– Kayhi Debate @ Juneau
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 17th
5:00pm– BBB Home VS. TM
3:00pm– Kayhi Debate @ Juneau
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau

Jan. 19th
No School for Students
Work Day for Teachers

Jan. 22nd
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage

Jan. 23
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. TM
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage

Jan. 24th
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. TM
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage
8:00am– SAT Testing

Jan. 28th
7:00pm– Jazz Concert Jerry Gallery

Jan. 29th
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Jan. 30th
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. JD
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Jan. 31st
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. JD
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Martin, Fousel win state

By Jake Stout
Sports Editor

Over the weekend seventeen wrestlers wrestled on Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School, Marcus Martin (138) and Nate Fousel (195) became state champions at the 1A/2A/3A state tournament.
Martin won 6-3 decision and Fousel won 9-3 in the finals.  Martin had an undefeated season, standing 32-0.  T Mcburnette and Sean Tavares finished 2nd at the state tournament.
The Kayhi wrestling team had no team points in the state tournament because Kayhi is still a 4A school.

Opinion: I thought senior year was supposed to be fun

Connor Bird
Connor Bird

By Catey Mendoza
Design Chief

Even before the first day of school this year I could already feel the steam shooting out of my ears. I guess that’s what they try to warn you about all throughout high school, but it still doesn’t make senior year any easier. It’s all just a constant worry.
High school is supposed to be some of the best years of our lives, or that’s what everyone told us anyway. At this point, Talkeetna’s cat mayor makes more sense to me than that does. All the confusion, frustration, countless hours of no sleep, stressing and just being overwhelmed does not sound like the memories I want to remember from high school. Does it take away from the “high school experience” and leave you standing at graduation just remembering all those hard times? That’s where I disagree.
You see it may be hard now, but along the way we make friends, try new things, make memories with the people we’ve known for all these years. These are the memories that will make it all worth it in the end. But the journey is what matters now and let me tell you, the struggle is way more than real.
Some days I walk through the halls of Kayhi wondering, “where am I going to be in 4 years from now?” I have no idea. Sometimes I have to ask myself what the point is of going through all these years of school; why do I spend 6 hours of my day sitting in class? What am I ever going to use any of this for? I could be doing so many other things right now. In reality, we may never use any of this in our lives, but some of us might. High school is a time for preparation. It prepares us for what lies beyond the high school diplomas whether it be college, tech school, working, serving our country, or whatever we decide to do with our lives.
The hard part is getting there. And getting there means doing all your school work to keep grades up as well as applying for scholarships and schools. And being able to submit it all means meeting deadlines. And meeting deadlines means not procrastinating to get things done. But who really does that? Procrastination is stupid and we all regret it every time it happens, but that doesn’t stop anyone from doing it. Just like when we begin to grow up and everyone puts that off till the last minute. Who really wants to worry any more than we already are? Not me. But it’s inevitable.
The real question is what are we going to do with our lives? How are we going to be able to afford it? Everything now a days is way too expensive and college tuitions are always rising. This makes me want to give up on everything. How am I expected to just go out on my own after being with my parents and family for 18 years of my life? Do I really want to be that person with 3 jobs and no social life just to be able to afford to do what I want? But wait, what do I want again? There is so much to think about and consider and it’s completely overwhelming. Some days I’d love to just shut off and disengage. To run away and not have to worry about any of it.
In Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, Chris McCandless tried this but unfortunately for him that didn’t work. He ran away from society to live by himself in the woods in Alaska to get away. Some days I feel like that would be a great idea, just to run away from it all. But if you read into McCandless’ story you would know that he died four months later.
Take it as a lesson that no matter how stressful senior year is, running away from our problems is never the solution. McCandless ran away to escape society and ended up dead. People now go visit the bus he died in for some deeper understanding or enlightenment. As nice as running away sounds, I can’t and I won’t. To persist and push through is most important. It doesn’t make it any easier, but it does make it worth it at the end to know that all that you have done is what got us here and it’s what will get us through senior year.

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