By Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org
Whether you are learning how to cook, wanting to break out of a cooking rut, or looking for ways to make cooking easier, technology can help. Keto Kooking wants you to know that you can use the internet, smartphone apps, and the latest gadgets and devices to find new recipes, try out new cooking methods, and save some time in the kitchen. Now, let’s get cooking!
First, Look at Your Kitchen’s Accessibility
When you begin working in the kitchen, you want to think about two things right off the bat: safety and comfort. If your kitchen doesn’t comfortably accommodate your needs and you don’t feel safe using it by yourself, then you may want to think about making some modifications to the space to make it more suited to you. The added benefit of making upgrades to your home, like installing an island or new countertops, is that the value of your home is likely to increase.
Kitchen renovations are a big job, and you want to make sure the additions/changes are made by a team of professionals who understand what you need. So, before hiring a contractor to make these alterations, particularly for the plumbing, search online for local plumbing companies and check out reviews from previous customers.
Get inspired at your favorite restaurants
One fun way to dive in is to recreate some of the dishes you love at your favorite restaurants. If you reach out to restaurants via email or social media, they might just be willing to give you their recipes. But even if not, you can try to recreate copycat recipes at home. It can be a fun challenge between you and a friend or a partner to see who can do it the best. You can do the same with your favorite drinks from local bartenders or your favorite pastries from your neighborhood bakery.
Find interesting recipes
As Digital Trends shows, you can find hundreds of different recipe apps available for your smartphone or tablet. However, some of the best are the ones that find delicious recipes for ingredients you already have on hand. SuperCook or BigOven are great choices with easy-to-use features and recipes galore.
We also love Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (dish.allrecipes.com/mobile-apps). This app features trending and seasonal recipes, allows you to search for recipes by ingredients or themes, and you can create custom collections to share with families and friends. There are also many interesting recipes that you can prepare from pantry staples like rice, pasta, nuts, and canned vegetables and fruits.
Finally, for those who love the keto lifestyle as much as we do, check out these great resources for recipes:
- Diet Doctor has over 500 keto recipes
- GiGi Eats Celebrities caters to a variety of dietary preferences, including keto
- Cast-iron cookware devotees will love the low-carb offerings from Cast Iron Keto
- KetoConnect has loads of recipes as well as shopping guides and product reviews
Turn to video tutorials to try something new
Video has really changed the way we cook. It’s so much better to actually see recipes being made instead of just reading about them. One of the best ways to learn a new cooking method is by watching online video tutorials. For example, you can learn how to zest an orange, how to quarter a chicken, or try a number of other cooking techniques with some assistance from Bon Appetit.
Investing in a quality wireless speaker or set of speakers is a good idea, as you’ll benefit not only from clear audio and voice-activated commands (meaning hands-free control of the videos) but you’re able to place the speaker anywhere you need in the kitchen. Using smart devices like Google Nest with Google Assistant, you can do so much more as you prep your dishes, such as using voice commands to set your cooking timer.
Avoid touching your screen
If you are following along with your favorite recipes on your tablet in your kitchen, you will want to keep your messy hands off the screen. And thanks to the Food Network, that’s now possible. Intel teamed up with the Food Network to enhance your cooking experience. Now you can use gesture control and voice commands to scroll through their RealSense-enabled recipes without getting oil, flour, or anything else all over your screen. You also might want to add a screen protector, just in case you get carried away.
Take advantage of new cooking gadgets
Make cooking more fun and interesting by trying one of the latest cooking gadgets. Smart technology has made its way into the kitchen in the form of various devices that can be controlled from your smartphone. For example, BGR explains sous vide machines allow you to set up everything, leave for a while, and then come back later to an absolutely perfectly cooked meal.
You can also find a wide array of other smart kitchen appliances and gadgets, from refrigerators and ovens to scales and thermometers, that are integrated with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to make prep and cooking easy from anywhere. Many have found that cooking with an air fryer is a healthier way to enjoy their favorite foods because meals cooked in this device won’t have the extra oil (or calories).
Cooking can sometimes be boring if you are making the same meals for your family night after night. It also can get frustrating if you don’t know your way around the kitchen well. But no matter your level of cooking expertise, technology can lend a hand. If you are looking for interesting recipes or different ways to cook, tap into the latest tech, gadgets, and apps to augment your cooking.
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