We’ve all heard it all before: smartphones are taking over our lives. Whether it’s at work or at play, our smartphones are there for us, and we use them more than any other tool in our arsenal. There’s even a smartphone app designed to plot your day and tell you how many people you talk to.
In fact, Gaming Realms, the operator of Free Bingo Hunter, has said that our phones seem to be our most preferred devices today, with global smartphone and tablet user installed bases overtaking desktop and laptop installed bases. You might think that the kitchen is the one place where the smartphone would never reign supreme, but the latest developments prove otherwise.
Recently, we’ve seen a variety of smartphone-integrated kitchen appliances, from meat thermometers that tell your smartphone the temperature of the steak you’re cooking to ovens that can be set up to preheat themselves with the tap of a button on your touchscreen. They’ve ushered in an era where our smartphones can even do the cooking for us. That’s right, thanks to a revolutionary appliance called Mellow, you can cook meals from bed, from work, or even from miles away.
Mellow is a sous-vide machine, and if you’ve never heard of sous-vide before, it’s a method that many fancy restaurants rely on. Food is vacuum-sealed in a bag and then placed in a water bath at a regulated temperature. Once the food has reached the intended temperature or cooked for the specified amount of time, it’s then removed from the bath and finishing touches are made. Because the food is vacuum-sealed, it retains all its juices, flavors, and nutrients, and because everything cooks at a regulated temperature, there’s virtually no risk of overcooking your food.
The beauty of cooking sous-vide is that all you really need to worry about is getting the temperature of your water bath right and constant, and that’s where Mellow shines. Mellow can be controlled with your smartphone to set your water bath to your intended temperature and keep it there, cooking for as long as you need it to, before lowering the temperature of the water to room temperature when you’re done. But that’s not all, Mellow can also keep your food fresh for you, so all you need to do is stick your ingredients in a watertight bag and place it in the tank, and Mellow will automatically refrigerate the ingredients until you tell it to cook them.
The machine is incredibly smart, offering great recipes in its app and adjusting to your preferences, but also intuitive enough to not need instructions at every turn. With weight detection functions, Mellow can tell when you’ve put ingredients in the tank, turning on its cooling functions so that your food stays fresh. Think that the last steak you cooked was a little underdone? Just tell the app and the machine will cook it for a little bit longer next time.
Is it really any wonder that this machine has already sold out of its first batch? Mellow presents us with the unique opportunity to cook perfect, restaurant-quality food, without even being in the kitchen, and isn’t that something we’ve all always wished we had?
In the interest of full disclosure, I must inform readers that this is a guest post.