Whether you have a large kitchen or a small one, cook for yourself or your whole floor, we can all benefit from a few tools to make cooking a little less stressful. Some gadgets, like food processors, are staples in most home kitchens, but these six new innovations are revolutionary. Welcome to the future of cooking.
Note: Some are so awesome that they have a price tag to match, so make room on your wish list.
1. Keurig Cold Brewing Beverage System
Say goodbye to watery iced coffee. The Coca-Cola Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (makers of Keurig) have partnered to make a cold-brewing system similar to Soda Stream. This new machine, scheduled to launch sometime later this year, will use single-serve pods to not only make iced coffee but also carbonated drinks, juices, sports drinks and teas. Gone are the days of paying $4 for coffee and ice.
2. Crock Pot Smart Slow Cooker
Crock pots are handy appliances, but can be annoying to use if you don’t have a lot of time…like when you’re leaving home for the entire day, and your meal needs to be on high for two hours before being turned to low. Then, there are those times when you are out longer than anticipated and come home to an overcooked, mushy mess.
If this sounds like you, then this new slow cooker will solve all your problems. Customers can now use their smartphones to turn this pot on or off and adjust cooking temperature and time, without having to worry about making it back to the house in time.
3. Tellspec Food Scanner
Imagine having a nutrition label at your hands for every food item. This scanner works like a magical tool and uses spectroscopy to calculate calories and macro-nutrients, like protein and fat, in foods. The scanner also includes a special algorithm that will analyze data and tell you more about what you’re about to eat. There’s even an app that reports the data to you via your smartphone. Now, you’ll be able to find out just how good those fresh winter vegetables are for you.
4. Nespresso Vertuoline Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Ever overflow your coffee mug when you’re using your Keurig? This new coffee brewer uses bar code recognition and centrifugal extraction technology to make the perfect cup of coffee. It looks at cup size, temperature, rotational speed, flow rate, even the amount of time water is in contact with coffee. This special system can even make eight kinds of coffee blends including half-caffeinated.
This 200-hour battery life grilling thermometer allows grillers to leave their meat to socialize with guests. The gadget uses a 150-foot range Bluetooth connection and a free app to monitor up to four temperatures at the same time. Now you can make your guests the rare and well-done pieces they deserve, with your eyes closed.
This kit includes four special forks, 21 liquid aromas, four droppers and 50 diffusing papers. So, what do you do with all of this? Scent your food, of course. Consumers add their favorite liquid aroma, like chocolate or passion fruit, to a paper-lined circular well in the fork. Warning: eating common foods with this “Aromafork” can lead to chocolate-flavored carrots, strawberry-flavored broccoli, or even wasabi ravioli.