19:33 14 September 2017
Updated 14 September 2017
Smart technology constantly responds to the evolving needs of various consumers. With our hectic schedules and hurried lives, we sometimes can’t find the time to cook our own meals. Fortunately, there are now various smart gadgets that provide you with efficient and effective solution.
· Sous Vide Machine – A longtime favourite of chefs, these machines are becoming more and more affordable. They are designed to cook food slowly in an airtight bag under circulating water at low temperatures. Among those who have raved about them include Chef Brian Schreiber, educational representative at Kendall College and Lance Nitahara, lecturing instructor at Culinary Institute of America. "It's a really great way to cook to maximize your flavor. I think in the next year or two, sous vide is going to pop up more and more, especially as people get more educated," Schreiber said.
"It creates a controlled environment that you don't get with traditional cooking."
· Smart thermometer – Smart thermometers, just like iDevices Kitchen Thermometer ($39.99), enable chefs to use an app to check on the food’s temperature to avoid overcooking the meal.
Raving about the product, Lisa McManus, executive tasting and testing editor at America's Test Kitchen, said: "It gave us accurate, clear temperature readouts, which is basically what you want in a good thermometer. The 'smart' side of this product — where it uses Bluetooth to send information to your phone — works as well as the thermometer itself. What's more, applying smart technology here isn't just an extra; it solves a real problem.”
· Induction burner – These burners are more efficient than gas burners as they heat up fast and cool off quickly. Nitahara said: "If you have recipes you did once and it turned out great, you can notate what number you set it to and get that number every single time. I use my pressure cooker and can adjust to the number I want it to be for maximum pressure,"
· Smarter iKettle – Everybody wants freshly boiled water early in the morning or after a long day’s work. Smarter iKettle, which sells for £99.99, helps you make the whole process easy and efficient. By connecting it to your Wi-Fi through your phone, you can program it so it will boil your water any time of the day depending on your preference. It can also keep your water warm and allows you to check water levels with just a few clicks on your phone.
· Anova Precision Cooker – This is a smart sous vide that allows you to cook food, including steaks and poultry, underwater in a sealed plastic bag before finishing it off quickly in a pan. Anova, just like other smart kitchen gadgets, allows you to control it remotely using your phone. The package includes a selection of recipes with information for timing and temperature for the sous vide.
· Nespresso Expert and Milk – Nespresso’s app-enabled machines are probably the best bet for espresso fans who’d rather stay in bed than make a Starbucks run. It uses capsules to create coffee in different sizes and has a milk frother.
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