Technology is changing the way we do everything, even the way we cook. The last few years have seen the emergence of innovative smart appliances and new high-tech gadgets designed to transform the kitchens of the 21st Century.
Even though technology is redefining home cooking, there’s no need to throw out your tea towel, but there are some products on the market which can make meal times easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
Smart Fridges have been becoming more and more sophisticated, with the latest models boasting innovative features like an embedded camera that takes a picture of the refrigerator’s contents when the door is closed and displays it on your phone. Reminders to alert you when something inside has passed its expiry date. Some even allow you to automatically re-order food right from the inbuilt touch screen. But with prices often anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000, they’re still very much a luxury item.
Precision Cookers and Sous Vide
Relatively new on the home-cooking scene, sous vide involves vacuum sealing food and immersing it in a water bath. The water is maintained at a precise temperature, ensuring the food can’t overcook, and the sealing process means food maintains the maximum moisture, resulting in melt in your mouth steaks and perfectly poached pears. The hot pick on the market is the Anova Precision Cooker, which can even connect to home assistants like Alexa, or your phone’s Bluetooth.
At $363, the Pancake Bot is an expensive one-use appliance, but what it lacks in versatility it more than makes up for in presentation. The Pancake Bot will draw and cook you a perfectly customized pancake. Pancake art went viral in 2015 thanks to the Father & Son duo, Tiger Tomato, who’s pop-culture inspired flapjack creations became a social media sensation. With the Pancake Bot, you too can create a delicious work of art, whenever you sit down to breakfast.
While there are a few induction cooktops out there on the market, the Tasty One Top stands out thanks to its innovative design and the repertoire of popular recipes inbuilt, thanks to the fact that it’s built by the internet’s most popular cooking channel. The countertop device connects with your app, and uses a built-in sensor and companion thermometer to track temperature, allowing the app to tell users when to flip a steak, or reduce a sauce to a simmer. At the reasonable price of $150, it makes a perfect addition to smaller kitchen spaces, or even college dorm rooms.
Revealed at CES this year was another space saving appliance, the Tetra Countertop Dishwasher is designed with small apartments in mind. At about the same size as a microwave and designed to be both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, the Tetra takes just 10 minutes to complete a full cycle. The organizers inside the dishwasher can be rearranged, allowing you to wash 10 plates, or your best martini glasses. The device is expected to hit the consumer market this coming Dece