Cooking during the holidays can often leave you feeling stressed, flustered and overwhelmed.
Make it easier on yourself this year with a few gadgets that can help ease anxiety and get that booty shakin’ as you cook your abuela’s treasured recipes.
At a recent Verizon event, Tech en la Cocina, I was reminded how tech gadgets — The Ultimate Ears Boom Wireless Speaker, Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and a Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount for iPad to name a few — can make your life easier in the kitchen this holiday season. The host of the fab event, Chef Cyndi Perez, introduced me to a creamy tropical coconut eggnog called a coquito and I’m eager to get into the kitchen to make it myself!
With my new found inspiration to get cookin’ in the kitchen, I leave you with a a few must-have items:
During the holidays, I love making pozole for my family and friends. While the end result is deelish, I tend to make a mess as I prepare the traditional meal. Broth splashes everywhere when I fill up the huge pot with shredded pork and dump in the hominy.
The Sony Xperia Z2 tablet comes in handy when cooking, because of it’s waterproof, dust-resistant and scratch resistant glass. You can literally submerge the tablet in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Hopefully, you wouldn’t make that huge of a mess, but it’s good to know it’s possible, right? Oh, and the built in speakers are dynamite. You can clearly listen to your Tia’s recipe on video with the two built in surround sound speakers.
Back in the old days of tech (a year ago), I’d look up recipes on my smartphone and switch back and forth from mixing batter to then clicking on my phone to see the next ingredient in the recipe. Thankfully, I can now go hands free from my smartphone by using a Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount for iPad.
The cabinet mount saves space on your counter and keeps your tablet in clear view. You don’t need tools to set it up and no permanent installation is needed. It can be set up in about three minutes and easily propositioned from one cabinet to the other.
It seems that I’m always running low on eggs. I like to make omelets on the weekends and boil a few for quick breakfasts during the week. During the holidays, I love to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies, but I can never remember if I have enough eggs when I’m walking the grocery aisles.
This is when Egg Minder comes in handy. Egg Minder wirelessly connects to your mobile device to track the number of eggs you have and tell you when they’re going bad. In-tray LED lights indicate the oldest egg, while push notifications alert you when you’re running low. Brilliant, isn’t it?!
If you don’t have a waterproof or dust-free device, Chef Sleeves will protect your smartphone or tablet from messy, slippery, and sticky situations.
The sleeves are ultra-clear, touch sensitive plastic bags. They are 100% recyclable and have a resealable sticky flap. You can use ’em over and over. Have you heard of that show, Top Chef? Yea, they recommend Chef Sleeves.
We all need a little music in the kitchen to get us through the 20 dozens of tamales your mom or Tia wants to make. Staring at the mound of masa may seem like a never-ending chore! You’ve been there, I’m sure.
That’s where the Ultimate Ears Boom Wireless Speaker comes in to get you in the mood to wrap up those tamales! Before you get to work, connect via Bluetooh with your smartphone and get ready to experience a powerful, full-range stereo speaker. The shape provides sound in every direction. You can connect an additional Ultimate Ears Boom Speaker to give it a surround sound vibe using an app.
The speaker’s skin is coated in a plasma armor that makes it water resistant and stain resistant – perfect for the cocina!
This awesome device, a Prep Pad, is the smart food scale that gives you real-time insight into your nutrition with an accurate breakdown of Carbs, Protein, Fats and other essential nutrients. It syncs with JawboneUp, has Bluetooth 4 capabilities and requires iPad 3 or newer, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 4S or newer.
You can create balanced meals, add up calories, and track your progress as you learn more about what you eat via the Countertop app.
Do you have any favorite tech gadgets that get you cookin’ in the kitchen during the holidays? I’d love to hear about them. Please leave your faves in the comment section.