Technology has changed our kitchens. The Internet of Things has welcomed a new range of smart kitchen appliances, from touch-activated faucets to automatic pan stirrers with pre-set timers.
So, if kitchen remodeling is on your mind, consider these smart cooking gadgets that are transforming the way we prep, cook, store, eat and even recycle food.
7 High-Tech Kitchen Gadget Ideas
With technology influencing every sphere of life, it’s no surprise that it’s made a remarkable change in the kitchen too. Whether you’re a baking enthusiast who needs quick and precise measurements or you want to convert your food waste into garden compost, these smart kitchen gadgets are sure to impress.
The last thing you want to do while kneading, chopping or washing dishes is to tap on your smartphone. Though not a kitchen appliance per se, hands-free devices like Google Home and Alexa can be used in the kitchen to listen to music, have recipes read to you or watch videos while cooking. You can also use Alexa to control playback, add items to your grocery list, or call friends (via voice recognition). Cooking couldn’t get easier or more entertaining.
Smart Kitchen Display
Touchscreen technology is common in modern households, especially in kitchens with contemporary layouts. Digital cookbooks, voice assistance and AI-driven appliances can make cooking easy and enjoyable. One such tech innovation is the built-in display on your kitchen wall, kitchen countertop or in between your cabinets so you can easily search for recipes on the go, using your voice or fingertips.
Wi-Fi-Enabled Sous Vide Cooker
‘Sous vide’ is a slow cooking process that enables precision temperature control. It is most often used to cook meat sealed in a plastic bag slowly in steam or a water bath at low temperatures. This technique eliminates overcooking and ensures juicy and tender meat every time.
This sleek device easily fits on the side of any pot and is perfect for cooking vegetables, meat, fruits, cheeses and eggs. Like many other smart devices, you can control it right from the palm of your hand. Simply download the recommended app and set the temperature and timer. Then place your desired food (in a sealed bag or glass jar) into the pot containing water and let the immersion circulator cooker do its job.
The best thing about this device is that you can leave it on for hours without worrying about food getting burnt or overcooked. It will stop cooking and notify you if the water level hits its lowest recommended limit or the temperature hits the highest set value. You can also choose recipes from the app on your smartphone and add them on the device’s LCD screen.
This updated version of your Instant Pot functions as a regular pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake baker and warmer. It also connects to your Wi-Fi network (some are even Alexa-enabled) to let you control the cooking temperature, time and functions – all from your smartphone. It’s compatible with Apple (iOS 7 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher) devices and your Wi-Fi router.
The casserole-style locking lid makes it easy to carry food, making these Crock-Pots ideal for potlucks, picnics and barbecues, while the non-stick coating makes cleaning a breeze. So, no more excuse for missing out on home-cooked meals, even when you’re stuck in a traffic jam or business meeting.
Prepare instant, healthy shakes and smoothies with a smart blender. From customizing pantry items to tracking personal nutrition goals, this smart gadget acts as your personal nutritionist. The built-in smart nutrition sensor connects the appliance to the NutriBullet Balance app on your smartphone via Bluetooth and determines your shake or smoothie’s nutritional value. You can also set your personal calorie intake goals, dietary restrictions and eating habits, and choose from hundreds of recipes included in the app.
Smart Coffee Maker
While smart coffee makers offer an easy and streamlined way to make a cup of coffee, they’re essentially standard coffee brewers with wireless connection capabilities. Their ‘smart’ features help them stay connected to you, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. This grinding and brewing auto-start coffee machine serves three cups (at a time) of freshly brewed coffee, right at your command. Simply adjust the strength and quantity of your beverage with the My Coffee Choice menu and enjoy your desired cup. A crystal-clear LCD screen with three different settings and an auto-start feature gives you a quick and pleasant coffee-brewing experience.
One major problem around the world is effective waste management and disposal. As landfills fill and the oceans swell with garbage, people need to find new ways to recycle, reduce and reuse waste products in their own homes, especially in their kitchens. Waste management technologies such as smart bins help reduce your carbon footprint by converting food wastes like vegetable and fruit peels into compost.
Smart kitchen technology might sound appealing because the devices are sleek and offer great convenience. But they have purposes greater than cooking tender meat or creating delicious smoothies. Aside from helping you prepare quick, simple and healthy meals and keeping track of your caloric intake, these high-end cooking technologies reduce your carbon footprint. Your smart kitchen contributes to preserving the environment.