Cookery is not immune from the march of technology and there's been a long tradition of frustrated chefs joining forces with inventors to tackle some of the most challenging tasks in the kitchen. In this guide, we'll be investigating some of the top gadgets that can help propel your cooking into the 21st century.
1. Philips Avance Taste Infusion
While George Foreman Grills led the charge in innovative grilling technology, Philips has now hit back with its own challenger. The AvanceTaste Infusion is an amazing piece of technology that incorporates all the usual features you'd expect of a specialised grill, with some interesting additions. As well as boasting the fat-collecting trough typical of this sort of product, the Avance also comes with an infuser that can be used in a number of ways. For instance, adding water to the reservoir and lowering the glass lid will gently steam your meat (or vegetables), keeping them tender throughout the grilling process. Similarly, those looking to add a bit of flavour to their meal can fill compartments with wood, spices, wine or herbs to add a rich infusion to the meal.
2. Gorenje iChef+
Jumping on the bandwagon for putting a lower-case I in front of products, Gornje brings you the revolutionary iChef+. This touchscreen-controlled oven does away with the irritating knobs and buttons associated with regular cookers and instead offers a tailored menu of over 65 pre-programmed meals. Not only will it cook your foodstuffs to perfection, but will even tell you when and how to add ingredients throughout the process. Similarly, you can add up to 150 of your own recipes and customise the cooking process to your heart's content.
3. SousVide Supreme
As the name implies, this innovative water oven utilises the sous vide (French for 'under vacuum') technique to cook a fantastic range of flavoursome foodstuffs. The SousVideSupreme, achieves incomparable tenderness by taking vacuum-sealed pouches of food and submerging them in a carefully-controlled water bath. It's perfect for slow-cooking meat to perfection and will also prevent vital vitamins and flavours from leaking out during the process.
4. Cuisinart Soup Maker
Making soup from scratch can be a real chore, but luckily Cuisinart has got you covered in this regard. Its Soup Maker takes all the pain out of the process, letting you put together a soup in as little as 20 minutes. Simply prepare your ingredients and drop them in the container, then the device takes care of the rest. It will begin the process with a quick sauté on its non-stick cooking plate, then you simply add stock and wait while the Soup Maker boils and simmers your meal to perfection. Once complete, there's a range of blending options - meaning worrying about consistency is a thing of the past.
5. Corkcicle Wine Chiller
Leaving all the hard parts of cookery to technology will leave you ample time to put your feet up with a well-deserved glass of vino. But the modern chef has no time to wait around for wine to chill - enter the Corkcicle Wine Chiller. This fantastically-simple device is shaped like an icicle and eliminates the need for a cumbersome ice bucket. Simply insert into the top of your bottle and enjoy perfectly cool wine for up to an hour.
The future looks bright for cooking and the range of gadgets helping to take hassle out of the kitchen is only set to grow - doing away with age-old tasks that have put people off making meals more complex than ramen noodles.
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