In an increasingly digital world, even ordinary kitchen tools have gone high tech. Balqis Lim picks eight innovative gadgets that will transform your kitchen into a smart abode.
COOKING MADE EASY
Sometimes getting home for dinner on time may not be possible. Now you can connect, cook and have dinner ready whenever you are. Using the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo-enabled technology, you can easily adjust temperature, cook-time and more — all from your smart device. Price: US$124.11 (RM548) at Amazon.com.
DIGITAL MEASURING CUP/SCALE
The Taylor 3890 Digital Measuring Cup and Scale is an essential tool for any modern kitchen. A combination of measuring cup and digital scale, this unique device has an LCD screen built into the handle for at-a-glance measurements. It can also automatically convert five preset ingredients (flour, sugar, milk, water and oil) from ounces (weight) to cups (volume). Price: US$19.84 at Amazon.com.
SMART EGG TRAY
Quirky Egg Minder wirelessly connects to your mobile device to track the number of eggs you have and tell you when they’re going bad. In-tray LED lights indicate the oldest egg, while push notifications alert you when you’re running low. Check Egg Minder while at the store; you’ll never be in a scramble for a good egg again. Price: US$11.99 at Amazon.com.
SELF-HEATING BUTTER KNIFE
Spread THAT! softens butter for quicker, easier spreading by carrying warmth from the palm of your hand to the edge of the blade, sparing your wrist from doing all the work. Engineered with a super-efficient copper heat-transfer core and a titanium shell that is food-contact safe. Price: US$19.95 at Amazon.com.
REUSABLE, STRETCHABLE FOOD COVER
Cover Blubber is safe and non-toxic. In fact, it’s a food saver set to replace messy, disposable plastic wrap forever. This ingenious stretchy plastic clings to just about any shape – from a food container to half of a pineapple – and pushes out air to seal tight and keep leftovers fresher for longer. Price: US$14 at Amazon.com.
Representing an evolution in food-printing technology, the PancakeBot allows you to “print” out pancakes into just about any design you can imagine. Designs for printing can be created with the free easy-to-use downloadable software and then loaded to the PancakeBot 2.0 via the included SD card. Price: US$299 at Amazon.com.
A must-have for new chefs, the Pantelligent frying pan is compatible with most Android and iPhone mobile devices. The app walks you through each step, providing instructions on how to cook your meals to perfection. It features a non-stick surface, built-in temperature sensor and an autopilot mode to control heat. Price: US$199 at Amazon.com
CUT RESISTANT GLOVES
Regain your confidence chopping and slicing with gloves made of materials four times stronger than leather, designed to resist cuts from even the sharpest blades. NoCry cut-resistant gloves let you handle your grater, knives and mandolin without worrying if you’ll need to bandage a finger or worse... make a trip to the hospital. Price: US$11.99 at Amazon.com.