Love to cook? Many people do, and many of them look for houses that have large kitchens to give them the space they need to make large meals. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or if you’re building the house of your dreams, you have the chance to upgrade that space to include the latest in cooking technology. Some of these new pieces of tech will actually change how you cook certain things, while others will make cooking much easier and more efficient. Here are a few of the new pieces of technology you might find in today’s modern kitchens.
The Induction Cooktop
Induction cooktops not only allow you to cook more effectively, but they’re also safer. That’s because they make use of magnets to transfer heat to pots and pans. The induction cooktop itself looks like a flat piece of glass set into the counter. When you set a pot or pan on it that has a magnet in the bottom, heat is transferred from the induction cooktop to that pot or pan. If you put something without a magnetic bottom on it, such as a ceramic bowl or even your hand, you won’t feel any heat at all.
This is great for those with young children who are often in the kitchen. They can freely touch the cooktop without burning themselves. It’s also nice for small kitchens that don’t have a lot of counter space. You can actually use the cooktop as additional space for preparing foods. You don’t have to worry about spills, either. If you have a pot that runs over, it’s not going to put out the flames or create any nasty burnt space on the cooktop. Instead, all you have to do is wipe it off. Finally, induction cooktops also heat up more quickly, so you can cook meals faster.
Built-In Air Fryers
The oven of the future will be more than just an oven. The newest oven technology includes a built-in air fryer, allowing cooks to make healthier foods without buying an extra appliance. Air fryers have become incredibly popular in the past few years, both because they cook food quickly and they don’t use any oil, making the food healthier. There’s no grease that comes with deep frying, but the food still has that great crispy taste to it that people love. These combo ovens will help you save a lot of space. Many of them include stainless steel baskets that slide into a track inside the oven for making things such as chicken strips or French fries.
Another new type of oven makes use of steam. Many high-end restaurants already use steam ovens, but new home steam ovens are now affordable. These ovens cook with hot steam, allowing you to make a wide variety of foods. Steam ovens do cook differently, of course, and will take some getting used to. However, once you do understand how to cook with steam, you’ll be able to make meals that are always moist and juicy. Steaming vegetables helps them retain more nutrients, making your meals healthier and tastier.
Homebrewing is a popular trend in many areas, so adding a home tap in your kitchen or entertaining space makes it a lot more fun to host gatherings or enjoy a night in. These tappers include a refrigeration unit to keep the brew nice and cold plus a tap that you can install in your counter. Then, just like you would at a bar, you slide the glass underneath the tap and pull, pouring the beer into your glass. You can even purchase canisters of other brand name beers to serve in your home bar. This isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s great for people who love making craft beers. A beer tap may not have a direct impact on your cooking, either, but it does make it much easier to have a drink while preparing meals!
Built-in Coffee Machines
If you’re not a beer drinker, but can’t get your day going without a fresh cup of coffee, how about adding a built-in coffee maker to your kitchen? These appliances can be built right into the cabinetry and look similar to a microwave. Place your cup in the maker, hit the button, and you have a hot cup of coffee in just a few minutes. Many even have an automatic option, so you can put your cup in the night before and have your coffee waiting as soon as you get up.
These are just a few of the new technologies that can transform your kitchen. If you’re building a home, consider adding these fun kitchen options that will change the way you cook!