4 Smart Kitchen Trends Making Cooking Easy & Personalized

by Melissa Jun Rowley

 

Analog meets digital in many parts of our homes. Thanks to kitchen tech innovation, kitchens are getting smarter, and helping home cooks keep efficiency and health at the forefront. This is good news even for people who don’t know their way around a kitchen yet.

In addition to aiding amateur chefs with gourmet meals, preparation and kitchen maintenance, internet-enabled appliances and devices can make the kitchen experience easier and more personalized for newbie cooks.

If you’re ready to make the heart of your home—your kitchen—the smartest it can be, here are four trends and tools to keep on your radar.

The Rise Of Smart Steam Ovens

Health conscious cooks looking for alternatives to frying or baking now have a smorgasbord of smart steam ovens to choose from on the market.

Have you ever been in your living room and noticed a burning smell coming from your kitchen, but you couldn’t make it to the kitchen in time to save your casserole from disaster? Those days are over, thanks to this smart steam oven.

The CombiSteam Pro comes with an integrated camera and mobile app (available on both iOS and Android) that allow you to see what’s happening in your oven no matter where you physically are, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. The app also lets you download hundreds of professional recipes that can be sent directly to your oven.

Smart Food Tracking & Waste Reducing 

Our smartphones help us track everything from how many steps we walk to how much money we spend. New smart technology can help us track the food we buy. Using SmartTags and a mobile app, the startup Ovie has a food tracking and management system that guides people on how to reduce food waste.

After you put your food in the refrigerator, and connect your SmartTags to the food containers, the SmartTags lights are ready to help you track your food. They change from green to yellow to red to signify how good your food still is. Green means the food is fresh. Yellow means it’s still good, but you should eat it soon, and red means it’s no good. When the ring turns yellow, the system sends a push notification to your phone with suggestions on how to use the food.

Considering that the average American throws away 40% of the food they bring home, this is a great tool. A connected recipe database allows users to search for matches that go with the food in your fridge.

Multilevel Cooking & Saving Time

When cooking elaborate meals or for a large number of guests, one’s multi-tasking skills are put to the test. Thanks to technology, more helping hands are available.

The entire kitchen staff at the Boston-based restaurant Spyce consists of robots. The establishment’s cofounder and lead electrical engineer, Brady Knight, told Digital Trends that the robots ensure that the meals are made accurately, and allow the employees to “focus more on creating meaningful connections with guests.”

As for what’s in store on the home-front, the Moley Kitchen Robot, a personal chef enabled by artificial intelligence (AI), is due to hit the market this year. Equipped with a motion capture system that records movements of its master chef, Moley can chop, blend, and stir food just like a human.

And of course, the Thermomix® allows multilevel cooking  experiences for any at-home chef. Combining the functions of a high-speed blender, slow-cooker, mixer, food processor, digital scale, sous-vide machine, steamer and smart phone, the Thermomix’s touchscreen displays recipes with guided cooking. It’s nearly impossible to make a mistake when using this machine, which gives you freedom to do other things while cooking. And it saves the most precious commodity any of us have—time!

Fork It Over

Eating too fast usually leads to eating too much. But guess what! There’s a smart tool to help you kick the habit. The smart electronic fork, HAPIfork, helps you monitor your eating habits. When you’re eating too fast, it vibrates. The utensil also measures how long it takes you to finish each meal, the number of fork servings you make per minute, and your intervals between fork servings.

Food intake isn’t the only activity smart forks can measure. The company Liftware created the eating utensils Liftware Steady and Liftware Level to aid people with hand tremors.

Liftware Steady comes with an on-board computer that detects tremors, and then adjusts the utensil head to move in the opposite direction. Liftware Level has internal motors that adjust its position in response to larger movements like hand or arm twists.

Any tools that can help an eating experience be healthier and more enjoyable are smart ideas in our book.

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