Technology in the Kitchen How Geeks and Gadgets are Changing our Relationship with Food Marti McCaleb Washington & Lee University School of Law E-Commerce Practicum Ideas Worth Sharing March 24, 2010
Top Kitchen Innovations Induction Cooktops electromagnetic current beneath the cooktop runs up through the pot, creating resistance in the pot’s metal, heating up the pot itself Induction cooktops transfer 90% of its energy to the cookware Electric cooktops lose 50% of energy before they ever heat your food Gas coils lose 60% of energy to the outside environment
Top Kitchen Innovations Speedcook Ovens Combines convention heat with microwaves and/or light waves to cook up to 15x faster than conventional oven $7,895.00 at www.turbochef.com The Jetsons, anyone?
Top Kitchen Innovations VorwerkThermomix TM 31 All-in-one countertop replacement appliance blends, steams, boils, grates, whisks, kneads, chops, and weighs $1,400 at www.ThermomixCanada.ca Will it do the dishes afterwards?
Top Kitchen Innovations Online Groceries Fresh, local produce delivered to your door on 24-hour notice In NYC, Seattle and several other major cities
Top Kitchen Innovations Microplane Grater This really did start out in someone’s garage Now, Microplane’s kitchen tools are chemically cut (not stamped) to provide the best slice available on the market $13
Top Kitchen Innovations EpicuriousiPhone app Recipe book and shopping list all in one Never again do you have to come home from the store to realize you forgot that one KEY ingredient FREE
Top Kitchen Innovations Molecular Gastronomy Chefs (w/ PhDs in chemistry) started experimenting with the chemical processes that cause our taste buds to register flavor Now, you can try it at home—spherification, thickening, foaming agents $69.99 at www.thinkgeek.com
Top Kitchen Innovations Sous Vide Supreme At home water oven vacuum sealed food is immersed in a water bath and cooked at a very consistent low temperature over a long period of time Taste and texture of sous vide cuisine is largely unexplored; new creative opportunities $450; www.sousvidesupreme.com
Not So Top Innovations Heat-sensing utensils Rubber sinks Talking oven mitts Self-boiling tea kettles Grocery-monitoring refrigerators DISHMAKER