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The kitchen of the future “ W

hilst the Alexa-controlled microwave has been announced, I think we need to be cautious about the kitchen of

the future being connected to the internet just for the sake of it, rather than because it really makes our lives easier. However, if you don’t want to turn on your slow

cooker until 10.30 in the morning - when you’re already at work - why shouldn’t you be able to do this via an app on your smartphone? That’s the sort of technology that really makes sense. Putting a coffee machine on from your bedroom,

before your morning shower, is another obvious sensible use of the connected home. But is an app-enabled kettle any better than pressing the ‘on’ switch?

What will the kitchen of the future look like? Lakeland customer ambassador Wendy Mirandalooks into her crystal ball I’d also love to see an oven combined with a

I think a lot of the technological advances will be

fridge, so that you could leave your dinner in the cold ‘frioven’ during the day while you’re at work and then - via your smartphone - turn the ‘frioven’ from cold to hot during the afternoon, so that your dinner is perfectly cooked when you arrive home. And crucially, it had been kept fresh in the morning. That technology is some way off. What’s likely to

be available to consumers sooner is an oven combined with a microwave. I’m not talking about a combi microwave oven, which can be either an oven or a microwave. This appliance can do both functions simultaneously, allowing you to cook roast potatoes in a matter of minutes, ensuring they’re perfectly fluffy on the inside - thanks to the microwave function – but also beautifully crispy on the outside - thanks to the oven.

Wendy’s top kitchen products of all time

Poachpod: During the last decade, breakfast has become an ever more important - and Instagrammed - meal. And the perfect poached egg, whether it’s part of eggs Benedict or atop a smashed avocado, is one of the trickiest things to get right. Not with a Poachpod. Crack your egg into the silicone pod, place in boiling water and, after a few minutes, you’ll have poached egg perfection! Introduced in 2009, they were an instant hit and continue to be a bestseller.

around gadgets that optimise your health. Some juicers, for instance, now use really clever vacuum technology to retain as many of the vitamins and nutrients of the fruit and veg as possible, and they don’t discard any of the fibre. So you can have your smoothie and feel like you’ve had all of your five a day.

Another exciting development is the idea of a

herb and fruit grower that you can have in your kitchen. It is self-watering, and light and temperature controlled. It will allow cooks who may not be very good gardeners or have no access to outdoor space, to be able to grow peppers, strawberries, herbs and salad throughout the year – and at optimal freshness and nutrition.”

Parchment Liners: Not the sexiest products maybe, but the success of parchment liners showed how Lakeland customers wanted products that saved them time and hassle. The selection of baking parchment sheets come ready-cut and ready to use. Introduced in the mid-1990s, they’re still one of our most popular products, thanks to the baking boom.

‘Get a Grip’ Non-Slip Piping Bags: Lakeland has been selling baking products for a long time. When we first started selling ‘Get a Grip’ Non-Slip Piping Bags over 10 years ago they were popular enough, but who would have predicted they would become a resounding best seller? What sets them apart is the textured silicone coating on the outside, which ensures fingers don’t slip, no matter how sticky the situation. Catering quality and an instantly recognisable shade of blue, they are even the piping bag of choice for some of TV’s most popular baking shows.

Remoska: Developed in what was then Czechoslovakia in the 1950s as a super-efficient replacement for everyday ovens, the Remoska cooker looks like a deep frying pan with a lid, but works like an electric oven, with an element in the lid that does the cooking. It’s energy-efficient and small enough to stow away in the tiniest kitchen or even a caravan. It was first stocked by Lakeland in 2001 after a customer tip-off. An improved version will be launched in 2019.

Strawberry Huller: One of those kitchen gadgets that you think is completely unnecessary, until you try it out… and it changes your life! Introduced in the 1990s, Lakeland has sold different versions of this gizmo, that’s able to pull out the stalk of a strawberry without damaging the fruit. It now has one that costs a mere 99p, proving technological innovation doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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