Thanks to a new gadget that's a mix between Star Trek's "Replicator," which whipped up meals on demand for those on board the fictional starship, and the Keurig coffee maker, cooking can soon become much more convenient.
The Genie, which is about the size of a small coffee maker, can produce a variety of meals using pods. The pods, containing all-natural ingredients, are freeze-dried and have a shelf life of between one and two years. The meals are served in 140-gram portions.
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Israeli entrepreneurs Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco from White Innovation developed the gadget, which is operated with a mobile app.
Through The Genie app, the device receives the go ahead to begin mixing and shaking, as well as adding any necessary liquids from the gadget's tubes. The back of the machine bakes or cooks the dish at the appropriate temperature.
"The dish can be anything. It can be a meal like chicken with rice, like couscous with vegetable or an amazing Ramen or even a chocolate soufflé or any other desert that you want," Carasso told Reuters.
"We're using only natural ingredients, we're not using any preservatives or anything that people add to their meals," she added.
So far, Isreali chefs have begun creating new recipes for The Genie's pods and pods specifically featuring the work of culinary personalities and specific diets, such as sugar and gluten-free, are expected in the future.
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While this gadget can certainly make home cooking much easier, White Innovation hopes to first market the gadget to convenience stores and cafes before selling directly to consumers.
There are also farther-reaching goals to address world hunger. The pods, entrepreneurs believe, could even out food distribution around the world, have a longer shelf life and could significantly reduce food waste.