Look, I don't exactly mind running point in the kitchen during the holiday season. In fact, if it gives me an excuse to make an extra batch of gingersnap cookies that nobody exactly asked for, or the creative license to spatchcock our bird, I'm all for it. (What are you still doing in the kitchen, dad? I told you, I've got this.)
With that said, there are definitely a few jobs I wouldn't mind delegating. I don't mean garlic mincing—I'm of the odd-duck camp who loves when her hands smell like garlic. (What?! It's cozy.) But all of the memory work around which batch of mashed potatoes are leftover from which meal? Or whether that basil was purchased last week, or last month? I'm happy to hand off the baton there.
So when I read that kitchen tech company Silo recently revealed a new vacuum-sealing container system that keeps food fresher for longer and gives you a heads up when it's about to go bad, it got me thinking: What other "smart" food and drink products are out there that could be making my life easier?
Here are a few I found:
Those Silo containers I mentioned have vacuum-sealing technology that reportedly extends the life of produce and leftovers alike by two to five times, and communicate with you via Amazon Alexa. Unfortunately, they are not yet available for immediate purchase, but you can pledge varying degrees of capital for different combinations of bases and containers, with an expected delivery of July 2019.
A number of conceptually similar products are in various stages of development as well, including:
You can lead a horse to water, and now you can remind that horse to drink, too. "Smart" water bottles—which, through a variety of technologies, encourage you to drink more water—are a whole class of brilliant kitchen products I didn't know I needed. There are dozens of different options, including:
Do you have a favorite "smart" product for food or drinks? Let us know in the comments!