Gone are the days of roasting (or perhaps burning) meat over an open fire. These days, we’re fortunate enough to have a wealth of knowledge and technology at our disposal that can help cooks of all skills to fry, boil, bake, brew, slice or stew up something yummy to eat! No matter which way you prefer to whip up a dish, one thing’s for sure: cooking culture is here to stay! People in the past who were wondering about the future of food consumption imagined stuff like bland meals-in-a-pill (or worse, soylent green!) but they couldn’t have been any further from the truth. Today, we have mainstream popularity for cooking shows like Master Chef and My Kitchen Rules helping to inspire us to roll up our sleeves and give some new recipes a go.
So, how can you take your cooking to the next level? With a little help from technology, of course! We’ve scoured the web for some of our favourite gadgets and gizmos that are designed to help you perfect the art of cooking. From multipurpose tools to built-for-purpose devices that will help you get a certain dish just right, you may find your kitchen’s new best friend in this list. Let’s dig in!
Whether you’re grilling, brewing, baking or even candy making, the temperature of your creations can be absolutely crucial to how good they taste. Give squinting at an old-fashioned thermometer a miss with Range, a digital thermometer that can give you a lightning-fast temperature readout on your smartphone – you can even program the app to send alerts once a certain temperature is reached.
Do you dream of the taste of sushi but have difficulty mastering the roll? If you suffer from sad or wonky-looking sushi, the Sushezi is for you – the perfectly rounded rice it pushes out will make your sushi look just as good as the kind made by the pros!
Finally, a scale that has some smarts! The Drop Scale is a kitchen scale with a difference – it works in harmony with the Drop Recipes app to walk you through a recipe step-by-step and make sure you get the measurements right along the way. You can even rescale recipes according to the ingredients you have and if you want to make some substitutes (e.g. coconut oil instead of butter) the Drop Scale will tell you how much you need of the new ingredient!
There are casual tea drinkers and then there are serious tea enthusiasts who just won’t compromise on their brew. With the motto “different teas need different degrees”, the Breville Smart Tea Infuser lets you program the temperature and steep time for green, white, oolong, herbal and black teas – it will even keep your tea warm until you’re ready to sit back and enjoy it!
The magic of most recipes can be unlocked with seasoning and when it comes to herbs, fresh is best! If you don’t have a herb garden, you can get one growing on the your kitchen counter with Garden Time. This self-automated garden system will get your herbs growing at a faster rate than normal so you’ll never run out and always have the perfect seasoning for your dishes!
If you’re a fan of one-pot meals and saving energy, then this one’s for you! The Billyboil is a slow cooker with a difference – after the initial heat-up phase, it uses an insulated outer pot to retain the heat and keep your meal simmering at a food-safe temperature for up to eight hours! That means there’s no more gas or electricity being used after the initial heat-up, no chance of over-boiling or burning and you’ll be guaranteed to come home at the end of the day to a flavoursome meal.
Think about the last time you accidentally cut yourself while cooking – there’s a good chance that you were cutting an onion at the time! With their awkward round shapes, tear-jerking juices and the fact that onions are usually diced much small or slices much thinner than other foods, onions are definitely the “danger vegetable” when it comes to the chopping board. This clever onion holder will help you keep your hands well away from your knife – it’s also handy to hold potatoes for peeling.
If you want to make something really special for dessert, then the Cuisinart Ice Cream & Frozen Yoghurt Maker may be your new best friend! Those of you who love tinkering with recipes and different flavours will have a ball with this appliance that can whip up a batch of delicious ice cream in 25 minutes or less! Or you can take the slightly healthier road with some fresh frozen yoghurt.
Finally, if you’re just not that interested in cooking up a storm (or you have some yummy leftovers to get through) then at the very least, you should keep your trusty microwave squeaky clean so it’s free of germs and bad odours. The Angry Mama Microwave Steam Cleaner just needs a little water and vinegar and then you can pop it in the microwave for five minutes and let the steam soften any baked-on stains for an easy wipe down.
Do you have a gadget in your kitchen that you swear by? Tell us about it in the comments.