Convenience is hugely important to families. Extremely busy schedules often leave families minimal time to complete all the daily to-do lists. While families may want to eat healthy, the convenience of processed, grab and go type foods can make families divert from those goals. Companies are realizing that products that assist families’ need of convenience and supplement their desire to eat healthy will become a popular hit.
During the 2016 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, many companies announced small kitchen appliances that benefit a family’s concept of an elevated convenience lifestyle. Elevated convenience lifestyle is one that incorporates healthy, fresh food with developed flavor yet doesn’t required families to spend hours in the kitchen. Putting aside the processed, pre-packaged items that are heat and serve, families are looking for ways to cook fresh, local ingredients in matters of minutes versus hours. Many companies are adapting to this lifestyle.
The biggest announcement from the 2016 IHHS was from Panasonic. Available later this year, the Panasonic countertop induction oven, the Panasonic CIO, will offer families the ability to cook a complete meal in under 30 minutes. The technology incorporates a
The Panasonic CIO quickly grills, bakes, toasts, and re-heats and requires little or no preheating. The results are perfectly cooked meals in minutes versus hours. With pre-set menu options and adjustable temperature control, the Panasonic CIO takes the guesswork out of grilling steaks, cooking chicken and vegetables all at once but with results that are more flavorful.
The secret to flavorful results delivered by the Panasonic CIO is the combination of direct induction heat and a sealed, compact interior. Flavored, circulating steam enhances taste. The CIO’s unique, dishwasher-safe grill reduces excessive moisture and oil while producing BBQ-quality sear and sizzle.
“Our new, one-of-a-kind Countertop Induction Oven will change the landscape of the consumer’s kitchen,” said Lisa Knierim, Vice President of Panasonic Home Division. “The CIO is an example of innovation at its best. It delivers a quick, yet high-end and healthy cooking experience to consumers in a compact, easy-to-use design.”
In additions to counter top ovens, the slow cooker has been revamped into a multi-cooker. One great example is the Hamilton Beach slow cooker sous vide cooker brings together a classic and modern take on elevated convenient cooking. Sous vide, cooking within a bag at a slow, constant temperature, can make simple meals with highly developed flavors. Chicken with herbs can absorb a tremendous amount of flavor while being cooked to a perfect tenderness.
Since not every family or foodie in training has the space of gourmet kitchen, KitchenAid announced the KitchenAid Mini-stand mixer. Offering all the power and convenience of a classic KitchenAid stand mixer, the new Mini is 25% smaller. For a smaller kitchen, someone just learning to cook or just because you want smaller, the Mini is a great addition to the KitchenAid line. Offering the same power and performance as the brand’s Classic™ Stand Mixer, the Mini Artisan mixer features a 3.5-quart capacity and is 20% smaller and 25% lighter.
“With the use of attachments, there’s very little this machine can’t do in the kitchen,” said Derek Ernst, Director of Global Marketing. “Those new to cooking and baking, and those highly accomplished in the kitchen, will find so many ways to explore new culinary territory.” The KitchenAid Mini is expected to be available this summer for a suggested retail price of $399.
While families may never completely step away from the pre-package foods completely, these kitchen gadgets that foster the elevated convenient lifestyle are quickly becoming more mainstream.