It used to be that you would learn how to cook from your family and then you would learn food safety from your first job as a burger flipper. Now people are bypassing those crucial early fast food jobs and getting to adulthood realizing they don’t actually know how to cook, and it’s not like your mom taught you what temperature to cook pork to or the temperature at which you should hold food until it is ready to be eaten.
Fortunately, in the age of technology, there are technological solutions for our cooking shortcomings, and it’s just in time too — restaurant revenues have surpassed revenues of grocery stores, meaning we eat out more than we cook for ourselves.
The “Days Ago Tracker” can help you know when it’s time to throw out that ketchup that has been shoved to the back of the fridge for far too long. The “Range Dial Grill Pro” has a handy dial for whatever kind of meat you are cooking that tells you when it has reached the safest temperature to prevent food-borne illness.
There are also apps that can help you learn to cook recipes or make substitutions:
- Project Foodie — Recipes and video tutorials from a celebrity chef
- Side Chef — Helps you plan your weekly meal calendar and make a shopping list
- Chef Tap — Organizes your recipes from multiple sites and cookbooks and makes shopping lists
- Cooking Times — Helps you calculate cooking time based on what you are cooking and the size or quantity
- Substitutions — Going vegan? Allergic to something common? Days away from payday? This app will help you find substitutions you may not know about
Between apps and kitchen gadgets like the InstaPot, there’s just no reason for you to not cook at home. Save yourself some money and make healthier meals using technology as your guide. Learn more about kitchen safety and tech from this infographic!