Kitchen 2.0: Design a Smarter Cooking Space

From high-tech gadgets to space-saving solutions, these clever kitchen updates will streamline your cooking and cleaning routine.

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Carley shares high-tech tools that help keep kitchens clean and efficient.

Whether you’re the type that turns out elaborate, multi-pot creations, or if you primarily use your kitchen for middle-of-the-night fridge raids, the kitchen is truly the hub of the house. After all, it’s where you prepare your sustenance and create delicious memories for your family. A spot this significant deserves an upgrade or two!

In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I’ve pinpointed some kitchen gadgets that can make food shopping and cooking more fun – and clean up a breeze.

8 Handy, High-Tech Kitchen Gadgets

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A Wi-Fi-equipped food scale, Drop works with a recipe app to make baking simpler. If you’re short on an ingredient, it can adjust measurements, offer substitutions and give you screen-by-screen, illustrated instructions as you cook.

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The ultimate fridge magnet, this smart device creates your grocery lists. Just use it to scan barcodes, or speak into it for things that don’t have them. It adds items to an app that’s at the ready when you’re hitting the grocery store.

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Not sure when you opened that jar of marinara, or how long those leftovers have been in the fridge? DaysAgo is a digital tracker with a suction cup; attach it to an item when you first open it, start the timer, and it will record how many days have passed. Simple. Helpful.

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Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker With WeMo

Late night at the office? Set this Crock-Pot in the morning, then check the temperature throughout the day on your phone, or turn it off from your desk. Dinner will be ready as soon as you are.

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Range Thermometer

The Range aims to make roasting less intimidating: Insert into the deepest part of your cut of meat, set the ideal doneness temperature, and its app will notify you when dinner is ready (and cooked perfectly).

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Taylor Digital Measuring Cup

Precision is critical when you’re baking. This precise measuring cup goes by weight instead of volume, and can automatically convert from ounces to grams.

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Jazz up your latte with this “spice pen,” that lets you write, cake frosting-style, using a thin line of ground spices.

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Smarter Kettle

If you boil a lot of tea, this Wi-Fi-enabled kettle claims to be able to save you up to two days a year in boiling time by allowing you to pre-boil your kettle via app. Pick your temperature, then heat things up your tea time from wherever you are.

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I’ll show you a fridge magnet that will change grocery list-making forever – and if you have kids, it can finally put an end to you being out of milk and not knowing it. Oh, and you can talk to it, too. There’s also a bright way to light your food beautifully (buh-bye, flickering fluorescents). And there are two tools that make sweeping so much easier on your back that spilling a little flour won’t involve a trip to the chiropractor.

10 Clever Updates for a Clutter-Free Kitchen

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Automatic Dustpan

This works with a central vacuum system and mounts on the baseboards of your kitchen cabinets. Just sweep toward the dustpan, then push the lever open and watch it suck up the dust — no endless sweeping required.

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Adorne Legrand Pop-Out Outlet

Ordinary outlets, time for a makeover. This clean design is a flush square that pops out when needed, revealing a multi-sided outlet.

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Docking Drawer

Leaving your devices to charge on the countertop doesn't just create clutter; it turns your tablets into targets for food spills. Solve the problem with a Docking Drawer — the outlets are inside, so your gadgets can stay safely tucked away.

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Refrigerator Speaker

Guess which appliance has good taste in music? The refrigerator with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, of course! It’s tucked out of sight on the top, so you’ll hear great tunes, but won’t see a music system.

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TV Lift

Televisions take up a lot of space, and while you want to watch Food Network while you’re cooking, you don’t necessarily want the TV around all the time. Make it disappear by putting it on a lift that disappears into the counter.

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Small Appliance Lift

Keeping mixers and blenders in cabinets when they’re not being used is a good space-saving idea, but pulling them out can be tough on your back. This device does the heavy lifting for you (and makes it likelier that you’ll use that weighs-a-ton stand mixer).

Microwave Incognito

A cleverly created cabinet can make your microwave all but invisible when it’s out of use. Pocket doors and even a simple cubby space beneath a counter can neatly tuck it away.

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Cabinet Coffee Station

Your coffee maker doesn't need to camp on the counter. Expand counter space by creating a cabinet with a pull-out drawer for your coffee station; mugs can sit on a shelf above.

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Hidden Refrigerator

Is it a refrigerator, or an antique heirloom? A drawer fridge or a column can be built to look like a collected piece of furniture to break up an otherwise-monotonous design.

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Hidden ... Everything!

If space is of the essence (but money is not), you can build everything from the dishwasher to the dining room table into the walls. Now, what to do with that extra space ... dance party in the kitchen, anyone?

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With a kitchen this optimized, even non-cooks might feel inspired to break out a pan, which could add up to less take-out and less pounds on you and your family.

Now that’s some high-tech kitchen magic.

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