We could argue for days, but in the end we have to agree that humans are kind of lazy in general. We love it when stuff is done for us and who can blame us? Luckily companies are aware of this phenomenon and try their very best to create tech to give us some relief. So if you love a good meal but aren’t too keen on spending hours in the kitchen, these five cooking devices can lend a helping hand.
A slow cooker is already a device that takes a lot of work out of your hands. You basically prepare your ingredients, throw them in the slow cooker and go about your day until it’s dinner time. Crock-Pot’s smart slow cooker takes this to the next step by connecting the device to the WeMo app. This way you don’t even have to be home when you decide to turn on the slow cooker and choose which settings you want. Just get out your smartphone and start cooking from work. Of course you still have to actually put the food in the thing for it to be cooked.
If you want your cooking to go bit faster, you could also try the Tovala wifi oven. The Tovala system is actually extremely fast and they promise a cooking time of 20 minutes or less. Tovala takes care of the recipe and the ingredients. All you have to do is scan the recipe, so the oven knows what it’s making, and put in the ingredients.
Through the app you can then monitor the cooking process and see what the smart oven is up to. It might be steaming, roasting or baking your soon to be dinner. And if at some point you feel confidant and want to create your own recipes, there’s also room to do that in the app. You might have to deal with a trial-and-error situation though.
Then of course there’s also the sous vide cooking method. Just like with a slow cooker a sous vide device cooks your food for hours at a low temperature. The difference is that your food is placed in a vacuum plastic pouch. If under vacuum (literal translation of sous vide) is your method of choice, you should definitely check out the ChefSTeps Joule.
This cooking device is WiFi, Bluetooth and even Alexa enabled. This turns Amazon’s virtual assistant into your very own little sous chef. Just place your vacuum packed food into a pot of water and add the Joule. The device will heat your ingredients to the exact temperature you set it to. No more, no less. And if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing, the Android or iOS app will help you out with its Predictive Cooking features.
The Everycook is actually a food processor, robot and pressure cooker all in one. If you’re looking for help around the kitchen this little device can really step up to the plate. Through the app you can select a recipe and when you add the ingredients the machine will start working for you.
First it starts slicing as you add your food, while a mechanical stirring paddle makes sure everything goes smoothly. You don’t even need a scale to measure anything, as there’s a built in scale that will tell you to stop once you’ve added enough of an ingredient. After that Everycook starts preparing your meal as you go do something more important.
Last but not least is the Hestan Cue Induction Cooking System. The system consists of an app, a smart induction burner and a stainless steel smart pan. The three elements work together to cook you a perfect meal.
First you get started in the app to select a recipe or to learn more about several cooking techniques. When you select a recipe the app sends this information to the pan and burner, so they know exactly what to do. The pan has a built in heat sensor and keeps in contact with the burner, so you don’t end up with a piece of leather instead of a juicy steak.
So maybe you’re not that bad of a cook after all if you sneakily incorporate one of these devices in your cooking routine. Stay tuned for our next article in the Smart Kitchen series where we’ll tell you all about smart fridges.