3 Ways Millennials are Transforming the Kitchen

February 6, 2014

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Today’s kitchen doesn’t have a butter churner, ice box or washboard. Instead, stainless steel appliances network with your smartphones and your tablet has a place of honor as a digital cookbook. Multi-tasking tools also help keep your kitchen space requirements down to a minimum, as is often required for millennials starting their lives out in small apartments or big city shoeboxes. Barkley reports that this generation’s spending power is projected to hit $200 billion by 2017, so many companies are signing up to manufacture kitchen gear that matches the millennials’ work smarter, not harder high-tech desires.

The Smart Kitchen

Millennials grew up with Internet throughout their childhood. A connected world is the reality they’ve always known, and their desire for constant connectivity extends to their day-to-day life as well. Smart kitchen appliances pop up in every form. As technology develops, network-connected appliances go from an early adopter gimmick to a time-saving requirement for this generation. There are now several ‘smart fridge’ models that use apps to keep track of the groceries in the appliance. Instead of picking up food you already have, you track the groceries using an app, according to NPR.

Small Spaces

The weak economy along with massive heaps of student loan debt means millennials are putting off home ownership longer compared to previous generations. As a result, this generation needs space-saving solutions that are easy to pack up and take with them when they move from apartment to apartment. Portable kitchen islands, foldable tables and vertical storage options such as magnetic knife boards and hanging pot storage all make good use of extra space in a small kitchen. Appliances that have swappable attachments, such as a stand mixer, also earn a place on the countertop. Variety and convenience are other desirable traits, and the Keurig is another appliance that has found a fast home. The variety of Keurig cups takes the hassle out of making coffee, and it also eliminates the waste that comes from making a full pot when you only need a cup or two.

Ethical Eating

Policy Mic reports that millennial eating habits and food demands are influenced, in part, through the ethics of food production. Documentaries covering slaughterhouses and large-scale food producers make you take a hard look at what you’re eating, where it’s sourced from and what the environmental impact of your food intake is. Organic food is a byproduct of this movement, taking pesticides and herbicides out of the growing equation. Additionally, the Internet and access to nutritional information and experts makes it easier for the millennial generation to learn about healthy eating habits and the negative impact of things like trans fats. Millennials have to balance this with hectic schedules that don’t always permit time for cooking their own food. Organic and health-conscious restaurants and grocery stores are continually opening to accommodate this need.

By Nathan Bower

Nathan is a hipster and a foodie who Instagrams pictures of every meal even though his friends make fun of him.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Leah February 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Yes, it does seem like these things are the trends with this generation! I still can’t used to the idea of smart appliances, though!
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