Cooking without Being in the Kitchen

By Dwight Spivey

Remotely and automatically performing some cooking tasks doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to outfit your kitchen with robotic arms that will whir about your kitchen, grabbing ingredients from here and there, throwing them all together and then placing the whole thing in the oven.

However, home automation and smartphones and tablets are making the kitchen a place where things can get done faster and simpler than ever, as you’re about to find out.

If you are truly intrigued by how today’s kitchen technology can help better your life, here are a few good reasons to proceed:

  • You’re running behind because of heavy traffic, and the kids are texting and calling, barely able to speak because they are so weak from waiting for you to cook something (never mind they just ate a snack two hours ago). When you get home, you’ll just toss a pizza in the oven, but it takes longer for your oven to preheat than it does to cook the pizza.

    Hang up on the kids, open up your oven’s app, and begin preheating the oven while you’re sitting in traffic. Hopefully, none of the kids will pass out before the pizza’s ready, but at least you’ll lower the chances with this little trick.

  • You’ve set your oven to begin cooking at a certain time, but your flight is running late (as usual). The answer to this problem is to open an app on your iOS or Android tablet and change the schedule. Done.

  • You want to preheat your oven remotely, but you can’t remember the correct temperature. No worries; your oven can recall the recipe that you uploaded to it and set the correct temp by itself.

  • Be alerted via a text message when your food reaches the proper temperature.

  • The kids call and tell you the milk has ice floating in it. Adjust your refrigerator and freezer temperatures from work without getting up.

  • How neat would it be to have your refrigerator keep up with the items inside of it? And even neater, what if it would alert you on your smartphone or tablet when it was time to buy more butter?

These are but a few of the benefits of automating the most important room in your home, the kitchen. Another benefit of the automated kitchen comes from the tried and true adage, “nobody’s happy unless momma’s happy.” If momma knows how to use a smart device, rest assured she’ll be happy with outfitting her kitchen with devices that can communicate with it.