Current Kitchen technology and its uses

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of automated kitchen technology designed to make cooking easier and more efficient, both in the home and professional kitchens. From fridges that can tell you their contents, to ovens that will automatically pre-heat, the kitchen technology that is being released today is something that we once would have seen only in sci-fi films and those set in the far away future. Below we have shared some of the latest advancements in kitchen technology and how it can be used.

Ipad's and smart devices being used in th modern kitchen

Today more and more people are now using their iPads, smartphones and other technology in the kitchen to assist them with their cooking.
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Food preparation gadgets

Today we use our smartphones and iPads for a wide range of uses and now thanks to a new food preparation gadget called Prep Pad, we can use them in the kitchen too. Prep Pad is an intelligent food scale that gives people an insight into their ingredients by providing stunning visualisations of their nutritional value. All you have to do is simply download the Countertop on your iPad and it will automatically pair with the Prep Pad, connecting you to your food. With an increased focus on healthy living, we believe that this is definitely going to be a popular kitchen gadget this year. Not only can you visualise the nutritional value of your food, but you can also use it to personalise your calorie goals and plan meal objectives.

Wish you could chop up herbs finely like you see the professional chefs doing on TV? Whilst it takes skill and practice to master than sort of chopping, a new gadget called the Compact Herb Chopper by Joseph Joseph has made it super easy. You simply pop your herbs on the curved chopping unit and then run the hachoir over them, chopping them into fine pieces ready to put into your curry, hotpot or whatever you happen to be making that evening. It’s not automated, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (just £20.00) but it will make all the difference when you are preparing your favourite herby dishes.

 

Smart phone now interact with devices in the kitchen

LG’s HomeChat app will let individuals and professional chefs interact with their appliances using their smartphones.
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Intelligent appliances

The latest wave of kitchen technology allows people to actually communicate with their home appliances as if they were real people. One of the most recent releases includes LG’s HomeChat. This software uses a mobile messaging client to allow people to communicate with their LG refrigerators. Just think how useful that would be if you were at the supermarket and couldn’t remember if you needed something – you would simply be able to send a message to your fridge and it would respond instantaneously with an answer!

Whirlpool has also had a similar ideal for their next generation kitchen suite which allows appliances to communicate with one another using an intelligent app. For example, the fridge would be able to create an inventory of its contents, suggest recipes to the person using their iPad and then automatically program the oven to cook the dish at the optimal temperature. It’s amazing what technology can do these days!

Controlling appliances directly from your smartphone

GE has come up with the perfect app for home cooks and chefs. The GE Brillion App allows users to monitor their ovens remotely using their smartphone handset. By simply downloading the GE Brillion app from the iOS or Android app store they can gain remote control over their GE Single Wall or Double Wall ovens. The app allows them to carry out a wide range of functions including preheating the oven, changing its temperature and setting up alerts for when their food is ready to come out.

 

The iDevice Kitchen Thermometer

The iDevice Kitchen Thermometer will inform you how hot your chicken is by sending a message to your iPad allowing you to check it’s cooking at the right temperature.
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The iDevice Kitchen Thermometer is also a handy kitchen product that can be controlled directly from your smartphone. Basically it is a probe that can be used to monitor the temperature of your food whilst it’s cooking in the oven. The thermometer cleverly sends the required information back to the iOS app, allowing you to monitor your food without having to be anywhere near the oven. The kitchen device and app take the stress out of creating culinary masterpieces by ensuring your dishes are always cooked to the perfect temperatures.

Clever ovens

Over the last couple of years a number of big kitchen technology brands have been designing and launching intelligent ovens, designed to make home cooking that little bit easier. One of the new releases comes from Gorenje in the form of the iChef+. This touch-screen controlled oven can automatically cook a number of pre-programmed meals for you, informing you when you need to add in the ingredients and when it’s ready. You can even add your own recipes!

Another rather clever oven comes in the form of the SVS-10LS Supreme by SousVide. This is a water oven that looks way more complicated than it actually is. Have you ever seen the chefs using water baths on Masterchef? Well it’s a lot like that really. You simply place your meat in a bag, plunge it into the water oven and leave it to tenderly cook to perfection.

Kitchen Technology – The things we can’t believe exist

And finally we get onto the kitchen technology that we struggle to believe actually exists! First up we have the ChefJet 3D Printer. Can you imagine actually being able to cook your food using a 3D printer? Honestly, it sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Basically this 3D printer is capable of shaping chocolate and other confectionaries in ways that even the best pastry chefs in the world would struggle to do by hand. As you can imagine this piece of kitchen technology is extremely expensive and is currently intended for professional use, but who knows what the future holds?

The AeroGarden is designed to help people grow their own herbs

The AeroGarden is designed to help people grow their own plants and herbs to use in their cooking.
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Another piece of kitchen technology that has completely fascinated us is the AeroGarden Ultra LED. If you are into growing your own ingredients, this will be a must-have for your kitchen. Using NASA proven technology, dirt-free hydroponics and fast-growth LED lighting, this device ensures that your herbs and plants are receiving the optimal nutrients for fast and effective growth.

Last but certainly not least we have the Whirlpool prototype for their ‘kitchen of the future’ technology. It features a touchscreen cooktop that allows you to control your appliances, download recipes and monitor your food all with just a swipe of your finger. Whilst current kitchen technology requires you to have your iPad by your side, this revolutionary device would actually pull up information from your iPad or iPhone and display it on the cooktop screen, allowing you to work hands-free. Whilst this technology is currently only at the prototype stage, it is thought that in around five or so years’ time, it could be a reality for homeowners with enough money to buy it!

We don’t know about you, but we are truly amazed by the kitchen technology that is available to both homeowners and professional chefs today and cannot wait to see how it continues to develop over time. What do you think of the latest advancements in kitchen technology? Is it something you would like to use in your professional kitchen or kitchen at home?

 

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