Smart Kitchens

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There are many new kitchen products that make food prep faster, more efficient and even a little healthier, says Lauren Gray, showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Virginia Beach.

Built-in wall ovens like Bosch’s Benchmark Series offer thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display touch screens and gourmet guides. Jenn-Air’s wall oven contains a seven-inch LCD screen control panel that converts old family recipes to convection cooking standards and stores oven modes for your favorite dishes. And Dacor sells wall ovens with built-in computer screens that direct meal preparation for more than 50 food options and allow you to listen to music on Pandora or watch TV while you cook.

Induction cooktops rely on magnetic technology to heat the cookware and use far less electricity than standard cooktops and ranges, so models from Bosch, KitchenAid and Frigidaire can boil a pot of water in three minutes. And because induction cooking only heats the pot and the area directly under it, the surrounding area is safe to the touch even when in use.

Steam ovens preserve many of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and micronutrients in foods that are typically lost through traditional cooking methods. Bosch, Thermidor and Wolf all produce models that allow for flavorful cooking without using butter or added fat. Ferguson.com

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