Top Tools that Make Cooking a Breeze

Are you looking for an excuse to stop dining out five times a week? Besides the fact that fast food is simply bad for you, there’s also the cost to consider. Buying your own groceries and eating at home simply makes far more economic sense in the long run.

Having to learn to cook for yourself may pose a bit of a challenge, but this is easily met. Once you master it, you’ll never want to go back to the bad old days. Here is a handy list of some of the top modern tools that make cooking a breeze.

Instant Pot

The new Instant Pot is taking the culinary world by storm. It’s even being endorsed as we speak by some of the world’s most famous “As Seen On TV” chefs. The Instant Pot takes on and masters the roles of rice maker, crockpot, and pressure cooker. In some situations, it can even double as a yogurt maker.

If you are searching for a way to cut down on the time it takes to prepare a meal, the Instant Pot is sure to be your new best friend. It’s handy, economical, and, above all, almost too smart for its own good.

Drop Smart Scale

One of the tasks you will quickly get tired of as you learn to cook is having to weight out every single portion of a new ingredient. Who has time to do all of that? And who wants to buy an old fashioned scale that has to be carefully coddled to make sure it doesn’t malfunction?

The new Drop Smart Scale does away with the guess work and the hassle. It’s fully digital and guaranteed to be accurate every time. It even comes with a companion app that contains hundreds of new recipes for you to make for your family.

June Intelligent Oven

Throw out your boring and outdated microwave and invest in the new June Intelligent Oven. This new beauty has a built-in camera that quickly and effortlessly performs a multitude of functions. It not only watches your food as it cooks but alerts you when the food is done so that it will never overcook.

Don’t feel like hanging out in the kitchen while your Intelligent Oven prepares your food? Simply livestream your cooking experience to your phone while you sit in the living room. This is the ultimate modern smart cooking experience.

Uuni 3 Portable Pizza Oven

Have you ever dreamed of being able to make the perfect pizza out of doors? Sure, it’s a great thing to be able to make a pizza at all, especially at your level of skill. But it sure gets hot and stuffy in your cramped kitchen. If you could take your oven outdoors to cook your pizza, life would be a lot easier.

Enter the new Uuni 3 portable pizza oven. It’s loaded with smart tech and it’s small enough to easily carry around with you. And it can cook a pizza in as little as 60 seconds.

Orenda

Are you ready to graduate to the ultimate instant coffee maker? Would you like a fresh, steaming cup of espresso served up by a smart tech-laden machine? If so, you’re bound to fall head over heels in love with the new coffee maker from Orenda.

This amazing new machine is the smartest one yet. It has different settings for different types of beans. This means that you can enjoy a cup of coffee or espresso that is fully customized to your personal tastes. Best of all, the machine stores your settings so that they are right on the nose every single time.

Sodastream Source

The final item on our list is the new Sodastream Source. It’s a handy new seltzer maker that can carbonate almost any drink that you care to entrust it to. You can instantly enjoy a fresh draft of carbonated water, juice, or wine within seconds.

It comes equipped with the latest smart technology that allows the unit to memorize your favorite settings and duplicate them whenever you use it. If you’ve ever craved a fresh, sparkling cup of instant club soda in the morning, this is the machine you need to own.

Then and Now: Home Technologies That Have Changed Drastically Over Time

Technology and the American home go hand in hand. It’s amazing to look back on the technology that plays such a huge part of our lives. When you do, you will quickly see how it has changed over the years. Just as a handy reminder, here’s a list of some of the home technologies that truly have changed drastically over time.

Air Conditioning

Remember the old days when you used to have to manually turn a huge air conditioning unit off and on? Up until very recently, it was a huge chore to have to preset the unit to the temperature you desired. And woe unto you if your AC was out of Freon or if the timing was slightly off. You could end up spending hundreds of dollars on your monthly utility bill for even the slightest variance from the norm.

Today’s modern air conditioning unit is nothing like the old one. For one thing, most modern models are combination heating and cooling units. For another, they are increasingly smart controlled. You can use a device such as the Tado to turn your AC on and off and control it down to the tiniest variance in temperature.

Television

The very notion of how we watch television has changed immensely in the past 60 years. In the ancient days of the 1950’s and 60’s, the TV was a huge, hulking piece of furniture that received three or four local stations. You were lucky if you were able to afford a color TV set. If you wanted to record a program, you had to park your tape recorder in front of it.

Nowadays, your TV is slimmer, lighter, and able to pick up literally hundreds of channels in high definition color. You can use a smart control unit to record programs while you are asleep upstairs or out of the country on vacation. Meanwhile, modern technology allows you to move away from the TV altogether to watch your shows. You’re now as likely to watch them on your PC or even your phone.

Home Security

Remember when the first home security cameras were first unveiled? They were big bulky things scarcely smaller than the cameras that were used to film “Batman” and “F Troop.” The instruction manual was 300 pages long. In it, you found such gems as advice on how to “camouflage” your camera under a handy bush or palm tree.

These days, security cameras are small enough to fit in your front door bell. And they can be utilized via smart technology from a single control unit. Modern home security cameras have a full color, high definition picture and full sound capability. Some cameras are also able to send live video of an intruder directly to the police. In short, home security is one of the technologies that has charted the most positive progress in the past few decades.

Telephone

When Alexander Graham Bell debuted the talking telegraph in 1876, he had no inkling of just how far his new toy would develop over the next 140 years. Today, the phone has become arguably the central communicative device in the average person’s life.

Phones used to physically locked into a wall in your home or a pay station in a crowded market plaza. Now you simply take it with wherever you go. Many people use it to monitor their finances, set appointments, play music and games, and conduct a thousand other activities. Whoever thought getting your first smartphone would replace getting your first car as a rite of passage?

Computers

Perhaps the ultimate item that has changed the most drastically over time is the computer. This is the huge behemoth that used to occupy an entire building in order to perform tasks that a modern smart phone would laugh at. Nowadays the beast has been tamed and reduced to the size of a handful of chips inside a portable carrying case.

Computer technology and smart technology go hand in hand in today’s modern home. You can control a thousand gadgets and utilities with the touch of a button. This is the new reality that you take part in every time you decide to turn off all the lights in your home at once because you don’t feel like getting up.

2018’s Most Impressive Smart Home Products

Owning a fully automated smart home is possible in 2018. But are you ready for the ultimate home automation experience? It’s still possible to do without a few of these handy gadgets but the timeline for fully analog homes is closing fast.

As a result, it’s more important than ever for you to familiarize yourself with the cutting edge of smart home technology. These are the amazing new time and energy saving tools that are fast changing the way we enjoy our time at home, in 2018 and beyond. Here’s a list of some of this year’s most impressive smart home products.

Amazon Echo

For many home owners, the latest version of Amazon Echo represents the pinnacle of the new wave of smart home automation devices. It’s certainly one of the best selling and most visible of these new products. Echo is a voice activated system that allows you to hear music, make calls, and perform many other important tasks.

Echo is fully compatible with a very wide range of apps, including Spotify, Uber, Domino’s, Pandora, IFTTT, and Audible. Beyond that, Echo is responsible for giving the world Alexa, she of the ingratiating voice and a thousand gadget control applications.

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is the latest generation of the legendary Drop Cam. And if you are interested in modernizing – by which we mean fully automating – your home security system, this is the model you need to do it. It’s a WiFi camera that works in conjunction with Alexa.

Need a nice sharp picture of a possible intruder to share with local police and the web? This baby films in 1080p, the full HD. And if you want to give a burglar a nasty scare, it even has a two way audio system for you to communicate with them.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Another great home automation product from Nest is the amazing new Learning Thermostat. This is a fully intelligent thermostat that is able to adjust to the temperature you set for it and then memorize over a week’s time your preferred settings.

Do you like to set the heat at a certain temperature during the night and then adjust it to a lower level in the morning? After a week of absorbing your preferred settings, the Nest Learning Thermostat will automatically adjust itself to meet your needs. This is the ultimate in smart, adaptable technology.

Philips Hue

The new Philips Hue is being hailed as the best new smart light system of 2018. What this means for you is that you can now control up to 50 light bulbs in your home from a single hub. When you need every light on, every light off, or some variation thereof, you can use the Philips Hue to accomplish your goal within seconds.

You can preset the Philips Hue to turn off and on at certain times during your absence. This is the best way to keep your home brightly lit and off the radar of intruders.

Nest Protect

The new Nest Protect is many industry experts’ pick for the best smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector of 2018. The Nest Protect is able to inform you by voice exactly when and where smoke or carbon monoxide is detected. If you are out of the house, it will also send this message direct to your phone.

Because its mission is so important, the Nest Protect is also able to inform when its batteries are getting too low for the unit to function. You can turn the unit on or off manually or via your phone, making this a truly smart life saving device.

Tado

If you have been searching for a smart control device for your air conditioner, the new Tado is definitely worth your attention. It’s true that most smart devices up to now have tended to shorten the lives of appliances like air conditioners, but the Tado is a true exception to the rule.

All you have to do is place the Tado next to your window AC unit. The device uses special infrared commands to take the place of your AC’s remote control. From there, you can monitor and control the Tabo from your smartphone.