Believe it or not, the end of the year is quickly approaching. This time of year is great for using that last bit of vacation, spending time with loved ones and enjoying a few holiday meals. Although I cook often, I like to get creative and try new recipes during the holiday season.
As I begin to search for new recipes, I’ve realized how technology has significantly influenced the way I cook. With innovative video technology, smart devices, food apps and social media so readily available, it’s become so easy to find all types of yummy dishes. The results of a recent survey show the significant impact technology has had on how we cook.
Food has become social and Pinterest stats can prove it. Food is the fourth largest category on Pinterest and the fastest-growing. The most repined item on Pinterest (105,000 repins) is a delightful looking recipe for garlic cheesy bread and the board with the most followers (6.9 million followers) is Delicious, a collection of over 8,000 recipes.
Hate it or love it, foodstagramming is growing in popularity. You are a “foodstagrammer” if you frequently take pictures of your food and then share it to social media sites. I know I’ve been guilty of this a few times.
More and more cooking sites are beginning to feature tutorial videos. A growing trend, videos are considered must-haves for recipe websites by 74 percent of the home cooks surveyed.
For a rookie like me, I much rather watch a video that shows how to prepare the food step-by-step instead of solely relying on reading a recipe. If I can’t see someone fold an egg, dredge a chicken in flour or flute a pie crust, I would have no idea what to do.
Recipe websites have become the most frequently used resource for home cooks, according to the survey. Many cooks visit cooking sites to find dish recommendations, menu planners and digital shopping lists. They’re free, easily accessible and, thanks to mobile devices, you can bring them with you wherever you go.
Personally, I love cooking websites. Cookbooks are large, bulky and sometimes I may only like a few dishes from a book that holds hundreds of recipes. Besides, like most of the population (approximately 65 percent) I am a visual learner. I prefer seeing images, colors and other visuals when learning.
One of my favorites is 1-2 Simple Cooking, a new cooking website that incorporates multiple technology features that helps simplify the cooking process. Specializing in recipes with portions for singles and couples, the interactive website is full of features that make it easy to make a dish, no matter your skill set. Each recipe starts out with a clear, colorful photograph of the finished dish that seems to jumps right off the page.
Some of the recipes feature creative videos that show you step-by-step how to prepare the food. With the ability to pause, rewind or fast forward, you can set your own pace. If you really like the recipe, share it with your friends and followers by clicking the “share” button at the bottom of the page. 1-2 Simple Cooking also features a blog and easy tips for users to better store food, keep grocery shopping simple and save money.
Innovative technology has shortened the time it takes to find a new recipe and simplified the cooking process. Once you begin to take advantage of the right tech tools, cooking can become more of a fun activity instead of an intimidating chore. I can’t wait to start trying my new recipes and baking holiday treats. I might even share some pictures on Instagram. What will you be cooking this holiday season?
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