Your coffee maker is used only for making coffee right? Well, not really. Because you would be surprised what else you could do with your coffee maker. And what you are about to learn will mean that you will be saving a lot of money by not needing to get certain appliances if you don’t have those already. Let’s look at 5 things you can do with the coffee maker that you likely had no idea you could!

1. Boil Hot Dogs

Do you or the kids or both want to enjoy some hot dogs for dinner or lunch? You can boil them in your coffee maker. You can add 6 to 8 cups of water to the coffee pot. And add 2 packages of defrosted hotdogs and they can be boiled up for a half-hour. Then there you go. You don’t need to boil them on the stove where you have to check on them often.

2. Make Pancakes

Are you in the mood for pancakes but you don’t have a pancake maker? No problem. You can use your coffee maker for that. The heat plate that is meant to warm your coffee can be the best tool to cook up pancakes. Pour batter onto it and it will cook up. When tiny bubbles are on top of the batter then it is time to flip it and it will be done.

3. Grilled Cheese Anyone?

You can make grilled cheese with your coffee maker. Take a piece of tinfoil and put it on top of the heat plate. Then you can toss the grilled cheese onto it until one side is golden brown. Then you can flip it over so the next side is as well.

4. Melt Some Chocolate

If you are baking something and you want to melt some chocolate, you can spare the microwave for that. And you can put some chocolate chips into a measuring cup that is metal. Then you can put it on the heat plate for it to melt. And once it is melted just keep it there as the right consistency and temperature will be kept for several hours.

5. Make Foods That Require Hot Water

Did you know that you can use your coffee maker to make foods that are hot such as mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, noodles, and so on? All you need to do is to put some water into the reservoir but first make sure that there is nothing in the brew basket. Be sure to run a cycle to make that hot water. Then once that is done, just pour the water from the carafe into the bowl or container that has the food you are adding hot water to.

Now, what are you going to make with your coffee maker?