It’s no secret that technology is evolving more and more rapidly as time goes on and modernizing your cooking arsenal shouldn’t be left out.
It seems every aspect of life now comes with a mini-computer and voice-activation software.
In some cases, these apparent advancements are strictly aesthetic.
But when it comes to basic human needs, these technologies can actively improve the quality of living, and there is very little as important as food when determining the quality of life.
With that in mind, this is a quick guide on how to make the most of the cutting edge of cookware.
How to Modernize Your Cooking Arsenal
The essential element of cooking is, obviously, heat.
The nature and source of the heat can change not just cooking times, but also the flavor of your food.
While some people have hearkened back to older forms of cooking with wood-fired ovens, old-style smokers and the like, others have put time and money into emulating this older forms, without the time, cost and materials that would usually be required.
Infrared BBQ cooking, for example, has been designed to recreate the effects of cooking over hot-coals while foregoing the usual messy cleanup and material cost.
There are also ranges of that cook as fast as a regular deep-fryer, while only using a tablespoon of oil.
The range of appliances now available for the tech-savvy home chef is incredible.
The primary aspect of these that you should look at is the range of utility you get from a single piece of equipment.
An electric egg-beater, while cheap, has fairly limited use.
A food processor, however, can be used for making marinades, dips, sauces, batter, and soups, but can also speed up things like chopping and pureeing ingredients.
It does have a bigger price-tag – though no longer prohibitively expensive – but the sheer number of jobs it can do more than makes up for the price.
Advancements in technology do not pertain solely to the electrical or mechanical parts of the cooking process, but also to the machining, assembling, and general production of various kitchen staples, making them cheaper and more effective than ever before.
If you’re willing to splash out a little extra cash, buying a set of high-quality knives can make all the difference in the kitchen.
Specially designed ergonomic handles reduce hand and risk fatigue, while sharper, more resilient blades reduce pressure on the joints and reduce the risk of bruising or tearing ingredients.
No less important is, of course, your pots, pans, and baking trays.
Gone are the days of teflon-coated, gentle-wash, non-dishwasher friendly pots.
With a little research, you can find pans that have been specifically designed for your stovetop – electric or gas – with simple care instructions and chemical-free, non-stick surfaces.
It is a wonderful time to be upgrading your kitchen.
Items are becoming increasingly affordable, and the momentum with which we are advancing technologically means that appliances that are two or even three versions old are still world-changing in terms of convenience and ease of use.
The important thing is that you research.
If you’re shopping online, see if you can find an in-store example that you can examine to make sure it is exactly what you need.
Read reviews and pay attention to why people like/didn’t like the object in question.
And don’t forget maintenance; appliances that are regularly cleaned will always last longer than the ones you neglect, and ease of cleaning is one of the areas that new technologies focus on.
Eating is arguably the most important part of maintaining a healthy, balanced and enjoyable lifestyle.
You are going to have to eat for the rest of your life, so you may as well make it as enjoyable as you possibly can.