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The idea of a "smart kitchen" is quickly catching on with tech companies, home designers, and chefs themselves. The "sous-vide" method of cooking is quickly growing in popularity. The style of preparation involves food in vacuum-sealed bags being cooked in water very gradually at a low temperature. Although it can be a lengthy (a few sous vide recipes for steak ranged from hours to days), the pay off is deliciously tender, moist, evenly cooked meat. Blenders are also getting a considerable upgrade. High end "homogenizers" are essentially the fanciest, most powerful blenders you'll ever encounter. Other new age kitchen gadgets are equipped with advanced censors: refrigerators that alert you when food is about to expire, cutting boards that detect what you are trying to chop and provide instructions.
While all this tech is great for some aspiring chefs, it's worth remembering that much of the world still cooks with the barest of essentials. Seeker Stories recently went to Tanzania and met a grandmother who makes a daily habit of gathering her own firewood to cook over an open flame. It's an inspiring story Check it out: