There’s no doubt that the heat has been turned up when it comes to kitchen technology. Matthew Herbst takes a look at the top gadgets that will transform your cooking
Time To Grill
If you think this is just another ordinary grill, think again. The Palate Smart Grill cooks almost any food perfectly based on weight and composition and is controllable through an app on your mobile device. This means you can set up a dish in the grill, run out on an errand and return to a perfectly cooked meal. Available from palatehome.com from RO192.11.
The Electric Single Oven Range with Infrared Grill from LG is part of their Smart ThinQ range and gives you the power to control your kitchen remotely using your smartphone. The LG Smart Access Range app allows for precise temperature and cooking time according to each recipe – all you need to do is remember to put the dish in the oven! And if you forget to turn the oven off, the app will give you a handy reminder. Available at lg.com from RO538.61.
Baking is a precise science, but the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale can turn even the most humble kitchen hand into a master baker. All you have to do is pick out one of the recipes from the app, place a bowl on the bluetooth connected scale, drop in each individual ingredient until the app tells you to stop and follow the instructions. It really is as easy as pie! Available at getdrop.com from RO38.48.
Due for a worldwide release later this year, LG’s range of Wi-Fi-enabled home appliances includes the likes of refrigerators and ovens. You can literally message your home appliances and they will alter their function accordingly. For example, send a text to your smart refrigerator saying you are going on holiday and it will wirelessly enable a power-saving mode. It also comes with handy features like an internal camera, so that users can check what foods need to be purchased when shopping. Keep an eye on lg.com for launch dates, prices should be around RO1,346.
The HAPIfork is an electronic fork that helps you to monitor and track your eating habits for general health and weight loss. It measures how long it takes you to eat and the amount of times you bring food from your plate to your mouth. What’s more, it uses gentle vibrations to remind you when you’re eating too fast. Information is uploaded to an app so that you can view and assess your eating habits. At RO30.78, it’s a pricey piece of cutlery, but worth investing in for the added health knowledge. Available at hapi.com
NEW: Siemens Connected iQ700 coffee maker
There was a time when you could only dream about ordering a coffee from the comfort of your bed, stroll towards the kitchen and have it ready and waiting. That dream has come true. Siemens has just launched an extensive range of connected appliances and amongst them is the iQ700 Built In Espresso Coffee Machine. That sleek machine allows you to enjoy an amazing range of speciality coffees including espresso, Americano, latte and cappuccino. It comes with an interactive LCD display and the ability to select different coffee strengths, but perhaps the best feature of all is that you can prep your morning cuppa from the comfort of your bed using an app, before grabbing it as you walk out the door. Available at siemens-home.com from RO764.25.
EDITOR’S PICK: Calorie Counter
If you’re a faithful calorie counter, you’re going to want to get acquainted with the Prep Pad. All the nutritional information from the foods you add to the bowl on its connected food scale is tallied up and transferred to an iPad app so you know exactly how much carbohydrate, fat and protein is in each meal, along with calorie content. Available at theorangechef.com from RO42.33.
APP OF THE WEEK: International Flavour
Global Cuisine is an interactive 3D globe app that shows you food information from all around the world. All you have to do is rotate, zoom-in, spin and play around with the globe in order to learn about each country’s unique dishes and culinary history. Fascinating stuff for foodies. Available for iOS and Android from RO1.73.