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12 High-Tech Kitchen Gadgets That Will Elevate Your Cooking

Give yourself the tools to cook smarter. Once you've got that down, you should try driving smarter too. Try out the 2014 LaCrosse from Buick.

1. Anti-Griddle


Imagine a griddle but for freezing. The anti-griddle cools to -30°F and instantly freezes sauces and purées for gastronomic cooking or "icecreamifying" anything you like. Pretty cool appliance.

2. Induction Cooktop


Induction cooktops supply heat to the cooking vessel via magnetic field. This means you get fast, efficient, and controlled cooking. Save energy and eat sooner: That's a win-win.

3. Donabe Smoker


Don't be fooled by the traditional look: This well-engineered glazed pot allows you to smoke food at home without an open flame, adding savory wood notes to your favorite meats or vegetables. Wood chips are the usual source of flavor, but you can also try using teas to add an interesting note to any meal.

4. Digital Nutrition Scale


Place a food item on the scale, input its corresponding food number, and get a breakdown of all the nutritional data (calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugars, cholesterol, and sodium) for that amount of the food item.

5. Super Automatic Espresso Machine


This espresso machine from DeLonghi is as smart as it looks. It features a high-quality burr grinder, automatic milk steamer, double boiler construction (so you can make espresso and steam milk simultaneously), and a programmable menu. Add beans, water, milk, press a button, and blamo: Enjoy any espresso drink you can think of.

6. iGrill: Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

Standing by the grill or stove while waiting for your meat to reach that perfect temperature is so medieval. Now you can connect the thermometer to your phone via the free app, set an alarm for a given temperature, and go play volleyball or watch the game. That's what you call chilling... while grilling.

7. Silpat Nonstick Baking Mat


This is the smartest baking mat you've ever seen. It's woven out of glass threads and coated in food-standard silicon. Nothing sticks to it. Period. You can even cut it up using a glass knife and use it instead of parchment paper.

8. Dehydrator


Now you can make your own jerky or dried fruit, or preserve those extra goodies you bought in season at the farmer's market. It's a great gadget for campers and backpackers. Not sure what you'd do with it? Here are some recipes to get your taste buds going.

9. Quick Popsicle Maker


The best thing about this popsicle maker is that it works fast – seven minutes to be exact. The quick turnaround allows you to experiment with fresh fruit and yogurt pops until your heart – and tongue – is content.

10. Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker


This cooker's induction pressure mechanism converts beta starch into alpha starch more efficiently, creating softer rice that's easier to digest. It also features a platinum-infused nonstick inner lining that makes the rice sweeter.

11. Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker


This bread maker takes it to the next level with an intelligent kneading paddle that mixes ingredients then collapses out of sight so there are no pesky indentations on your beautiful loaf. An automatic fruit and nut dispenser ensures additives are evenly dispersed. Add a 13-hour timer and backlight display, and you've got one capable baking assistant.

12. iRobot Scooba


If you're going to cook smart, you should clean smart too. From the company that brought us the Roomba, the Scooba washes hardwood and tile floors with a multi-step process that eliminates 97% of bacteria. Now if only it could do the dishes...