Home cooks are spending more time in their own kitchens and less time dining out, according to the January Monthly Measuring Cup Trend Report. Nearly half of surveyed consumers said they’re dining out less this year than they did in 2012 and are relying more on their cooking skills at home. Fortunately, technology makes it easier than ever for home chefs to prep and cook meals at home and clean up conveniently and efficiently afterward.

“People seem to be enjoying the cooking experience again. With all the kitchen tools and equipment available today, it’s becoming even easier for consumers to recreate a restaurant-quality meal at home,” said Bob Rodenbeck, research and development director at Delta Faucet Company. “Smart innovations in the kitchen help support this trend by making it possible for aspiring home chefs to design their culinary creations while staying within budget.”


Intuitive prep help


From automatic and voice-activated coffee makers to measuring cups that have built-in digital scales, new innovations are making common kitchen prep tools more intuitive. The research and design experts at Delta Faucet spent years studying home cooks before introducing Touch2O Technology in 2008, a first-of-its-kind tap-on and tap-off technology for kitchen faucets. With this technology, users can start the flow of water with a forearm or wrist when hands are messy, helping reduce the potential for cross-contamination.

Smarter kitchen clean up

Thanks to new, hard-working storage solutions like silicone containers, home cooks can store leftovers in a more eco-minded and versatile way. Silicone-based storage containers can withstand heat of up to 500 degrees, making them safer for microwave, dishwasher and freezer use. Not sure just how long last night’s lasagne will remain fresh? New refrigerator and freezer technologies are incorporating food management systems to help keep track of the location and expiration dates of the food inside.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.