As we popped an English muffin into the toaster over this morning, the New York Times RSS Feed smacked us in the face with the future of our breakfast: Forget a 'popcorn' button on the microwave, the newest kitchen gadgets are able to prepare a full meal with a hit from your index finger.
If you've got a burnt-to-the-crisp thumb when it comes to getting down in the kitchen, you'll be happy to know that there's a slew of new kitchen tech coming your way with one-touch buttons to make everything from cookies to poached eggs.
The International Home and Housewares show in Chicago showcased the future of domestic home tech, and boy, the future is easy:
- A toaster from West Bend perfectly browns toast and poaches an egg at the same time.
- A bread maker comes equipped with a one-touch "Bake a Cake" button.
- Convection-heat toaster ovens include a one-touch "smart cookie" option to make instant treats out of store-bought dough.
- Standard microwaves include more than popcorn and defrost helpers. They now can include buttons for pizzas, breakfast sausage and omelets.
And even expensive gadgets are getting into the mix. A $2,000 Electrolux wall oven includes a "perfect turkey" button to make Thanksgiving a lot easier.
So does this mean we're going to start seeing "Instant Green Bean Casserole" or "Instant Pumpkin Pie" buttons? Who knows? What might seem silly to you is the perfect solution for someone else's morning routine.