Imagine coming home after a long day at work. You kick your shoes off, loosen your tie and sit on the couch trying to take a well-deserved breather. Just then, you feel your stomach growl so you get up to heat some leftover food from last night. You open the fridge and find only stale bread, old rice and chopped vegetables. What do you do?
You pick up the phone and order from your nearby food joint.
Now, imagine having a private chef. You take the vegetables out, pick some spaghetti off the rack and ask them to whip you a nice dinner. Viola! Hot pasta is ready within minutes. It is quicker, healthier and much more wholesome than the dish you would have ordered or slogged your butt off, to cook.
This is life with a cooking robot!
In simple terms, cooking robots are ‘smart’ chefs. They are AI devices trained in understanding food and general kitchen space and cooking. They can prepare ingredients, cook, and sometimes, even clean with minimal human intervention.
While commercial cooking robots have already caught up in big restaurants and busy food joints, this technology is now being improved to suit home kitchens. So, anyone can purchase cooking robots that assist them around the kitchen or let’s say, work around the kitchen with little to no human assistance.
How Does a Kitchen Robot Work?
Kitchen appliances like food processors and coffee makers are standard, but a cooking robot is game-changing. All you need to do with them is select the dish you want to cook, provide the required ingredients and go about your day as usual. They will notify you through your phone or smartwatch when done.
Thus, a cooking robot is a highly programmed artificially intelligent device that already knows recipes, understands cooking techniques and regulates cooking time and temperature. It might also allow you to customize the recipes based on your taste and preferences. However, this technology is still nascent and only a few brands have managed to create impressive cooking robots.
Nymble, our very own brainchild, designed to make life easier for busy folks and novice cooks, works in a very similar fashion:
Types of Kitchen Robots
To understand them better, we can broadly consider 3 types of cooking robots.
1. Multipurpose Kitchen Robots
These are highly programmed robotic tools (usually with appendages, like robot hands) that are not limited to cooking. They can identify ingredients, utensils, stoves and other utilities. As such, they also assist with other kitchen tasks like cleaning, plating and mise en place. However, these robots require a specialized kitchen setup, making them better suited for commercial kitchens.
2. Smart Heating Robots
These are advanced cooking devices that identify the ingredients being fed to them and automatically program the intensity and spread of heat based on the instructed task such as slow cooking, baking, grilling, roasting, and thawing. Tovala and Suvie are examples of this type. You do not even need to thaw frozen meals; their smart heating technology gauges your requirements and cooks them to perfection. However, they work best with pre-made meal kits from manufacturers that come with barcodes for the device to scan and cook.
3. End-to-End Cooking Robots
These robots take charge of the entire cooking process, from providing the recipe to adding ingredients and cooking the meal. You simply need to select the dish, load the ingredients and relax while the robot does the rest. This is ideal for one-pot meals. Also, these devices are compact and affordable, which makes them perfect for home kitchens. Besides, end-to-end cooking robots like Nymble allows you to customize and cook 500+ recipes.
Eight Advantages of owning a Kitchen Robot
While commercial kitchen robots and smart ovens have become fairly commonplace, having private kitchen robots is a relatively new concept. But so are frenzied schedules and distressing eating patterns. As such, cooking robots seem to be the only way to streamline meals. Let us discuss their advantages.
1. They help you build good health
Having a smart private chef means that you can have complete autonomy over what you eat. You can choose to have fresh home-cooked meals rather than saturated fatty take-outs or food laden with preservatives. If you wish to follow a specific diet, you can plan and do that. If you wish to reduce the use of oil in cooking, you can program it accordingly. As such, a customizable cooking robot has an overall positive impact on your health.
2. Kitchen Robots save time
Cooking robots automate many of the manual and time-consuming tasks in the kitchen, such as chopping, mixing and most of all, stirring. Commercial versions can also perform tasks like peeling and chopping vegetables, reducing the amount of manual labor required. Besides, even compact home robots are trained to add ingredients at specific times and temperatures, allowing you to set it and forget it, freeing up time for other activities.
3. They are a safer choice
Cooking robots automate many of the manual tasks in the kitchen, reducing the risk of burns, cuts, and other injuries. Besides, induction cooktop is generally safer than fire stoves. These devices are also equipped with safety features, such as automatic shut-off, to prevent accidents and reduce the risk of injury.
4. They help you maintain consistency and precision
These AI devices have learned cooking from professional chefs. Thus, they are much better at it than most people. Besides, the biggest problem with manual cooking is consistency which a cooking robot eliminates. It uses an induction heating base with a highly mechanized time, taste and temperature control system. It gauges your taste and makes sure that food is cooked evenly, consistently and at par with your expectations. As such, undercooking, overcooking or just bad cooking is seldom a problem.
5. They are customizable and affordable
A few cooking robots are astonishingly customizable to suit their users’ tastes and preferences. The manufacturers can program them according to your requirements and they will recommend the right recipes. And despite all these features, home kitchen robots tend to be surprisingly cheaper than the compounded prices of take-outs over the years.
6. Kitchen robots offer a variety of recipes and cuisines
A few cooking robots are programmed to cook a wide variety of dishes from all over the world, providing a diverse range of meals and culinary experiences to their users. So, getting a cooking robot is your chance to add to your food repertoire most healthily and affordably. For instance, Nymble’s users loved that they got a chance to try authentic dishes from several cuisines.
7. They help the environment by reducing food waste
Since kitchen robots cook exact quantities of food, there is less chance of wastage. Also, they measure ingredients precisely, reducing the risk of even slight over or underuse, and leading to more consistent outcomes.
8. They are convenient
Cooking robots streamline cooking by taking stress off your daily life. Now, you don’t have to worry about food-related health problems, budgetary difficulty or wastage. This streamlines your meals and positively affects the quality of your life.
Four Key Considerations while choosing a Kitchen Robot
Buying a cooking robot is an important decision. You must not rush through it as an impulse buy. Like with other important gadgets, it is necessary that you understand your options, compare and choose the one that is best suited to your needs.
Cooking Needs and Preferences
When choosing a cooking robot, the first step is to understand your needs and preferences. What type of food do you want to prepare? Who do you want to cook for? Do you have any dietary restrictions? How spacious is your kitchen? If you want to cook for a large family, you will need a cooking robot with a large cooking capacity. If you have dietary restrictions, it is necessary that you find a cooking robot that can cook according to your needs.
Features and Capabilities
After setting your requirements, you consider the features and capabilities you want in a cooking robot. Some cooking robots can only prepare basic dishes while others can cook thousands of recipes. Some are great at heating and baking while others specialize in roasting and frying. Look for a cooking robot that has the features and capabilities you need, and consider its ease of use and maintenance. Besides, it is advisable to look for cooking robots that come with access to recipe databases, making it easy to find new dishes to try.
Size and Storage
Cooking robots come in a range of sizes, so it's important to choose one that will fit your kitchen and has enough storage for your needs. Consider the size of your countertops and cupboards, and ensure the cooking robot you choose will fit in your kitchen without disturbing the aesthetic. Additionally, consider how often you'll be using the cooking robot and how much space it will need when in use.
Cooking robots can range from affordable to high-end, so it is important to set a budget before making the purchase. Decide which features are most important to you and how much you're willing to pay for them. Although you might have to make a trade-off, remember that cooking robots tend to be more affordable in the long run.
It is really hard to maintain a healthy eating schedule at the current age. You can dabble with other ways to streamline eating; for example, meal prep and batch cooking. But even then it is better to have some assistance. You can never put a price on convenience and the time you save.
An ideal home cooking robot automates cooking from start to end while being customizable, compact, and affordable. And no, it isn’t too good to be true!
Nymble is a fully-automated end-to-end cooking robot. It can transform your eating habits from the get-go. You can try over 500+ recipes, customize them according to your liking, schedule meals ahead of time and track them from your phone. All you need to do is select recipes, load ingredients in its compartments and relax while Nymble cooks you a delicious meal. And don’t worry, it will notify you when done.
Trust us, this is only a small preview! Nymble is the perfect all-inclusive solution to your daily cooking hassles. To learn more about our nifty robot chef, visit here.
Here's what our early users had to spill about Nymble's cooking wonders (Note - Nymble was previously known as Julia):
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