By now, everyone is familiar with Keurig coffee brewers and their unique approach to using pods in lieu of the traditional filter, coffee grounds, and a pot. The convenience of having an impromptu cup of coffee on demand is nice, but that convenience has thus far been limited to a hot liquid beverage. If you’ve been waiting for an on-demand meal that doesn’t require a drive-through, you may only have to wait another year or so. Read on to learn more about the Genie instant food cooker.
A new, miniature, instant food cooker is being developed in Israel. It’s called the Genie, and it’s primed to make a big splash in the food preparation market.
The Genie uses pods with freeze-dried ingredients in them – which it can turn into a full meal in as little as 30 seconds. These are not ramen noodle meals (though everyone can enjoy a good ramen noodle cup now and again). Genie has chefs working hard to prepare all kinds of high-quality meals, from chicken and rice to a delightful chocolate soufflé for dessert. The pods themselves contain natural ingredients, free of preservatives, and have a shelf life of up to two years. Just pop a pod in, select the meal on a mobile device using the accompanying app, and within a minute or less you have a meal.
Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco are the inventors of the device, and they have been tight lipped about the technology behind this remarkable little machine. They explain that all you’ll need to do is place the pod in the cooker; the Genie will add liquids, then mix and bake your food to your personal tastes – no matter if you want muffins or veggie dishes… or pretty much anything. Carasso and Marco’s goal for the gadget is not only to provide a super-fast, on-demand meal, but to personalize food, so you eat the right-sized portion, reducing waste and helping us all to eat better. It was also developed with the thought of helping areas of the world where food is much harder to come by or prepare; for example Carasso and Marco are in talks with the Israeli military to use the device.
There is no set global launch for this little taste of the future (pun intended), but is supposed to begin selling in Israel in the near future with a small roll-out. It is expected to cost “several hundred” US dollars when it makes it way to us and the pricing of the pods is expected to reflect their contents. Learn more here