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With the holidays in full swing, families everywhere start their annual conversations about the best ways to prepare epic meals. Many families rest on the classic recipes and made-from-scratch processes passed down from past generations, while others look to technology to prepare the perfect meal.
Put down that electric carving knife from the 1960s. That is not the technology we are talking about.
The smart oven is smaller than your kitchen staple – it is just a bit larger than your standard toaster oven, so this isn’t for your 20-pound turkey. June can recognize the type of food that is placed inside and can suggest cooking temperature and time. Consumers can also access what is occurring in the oven from an app on their phone. The San Francisco-based company plans to start shipping in the spring. Right now preorders are a $95 deposit, which is fully refundable. The full price is listed at $2,995 but the early promotional price is currently $1,495.
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The Internet of Things revolution has reached the kitchen, and here are some smart cooking devices that could keep you mingling with guests instead of basting the turkey.
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June: Have you ever wanted your oven to take out more of the guesswork of cooking? The tech duo of Matt Van Horn (co-founder of Zimride – which became Lyft) and Nikhil Bhogal (a former engineer at Apple) are building a “smart oven” that turns algorithms, video feed and sensors into ingredients for a perfect meal prepared.
June is small – a bit larger than your standard toaster oven, so not for your 20-pound turkey. It can recognize types of food and can suggest cooking temperature and time. Consumers can monitor what is happening in the oven through an app on their phone.
The San Francisco-based company plans to start shipping in the spring. The full price is listed at $2,995 but the early promotional price is $1,495.
Drop: If the chemistry that is baking eludes you, maybe look into a Drop scale. The iPad-connected device can weigh ingredients and even tell if your cup of flour is packed too tight to generate a fluffy wonder. It can also recalibrate recipes based on what you have on hand. Only have one egg for a two-egg recipe? Drop will cut the recipe for you.
CEO Ben Harris told me that the goal of Drop is to help those with a history of culinary fails make perfect cookies every time.
Drop costs $99 and is already available to order.
Nomiku: If you have eaten at a fine-dining establishment, chances are you’ve eaten something that was made sous vide. The water bath method of slow cooking is a path to perfectly cooked meats and egg dishes. The problem for home cooks is that sous vide machines tend to be large and expensive.