Friday 21 July 2017

Domestic Bliss: Aisli Madden's recipe for success

Drop, a combined kitchen scales and Ipad app created by Dubliner Ben Harris
Drop, a combined kitchen scales and Ipad app created by Dubliner Ben Harris
Drop, a combined kitchen scales and Ipad app created by Dubliner Ben Harris

Aisli Madden

Technology and social media have finally conquered the kitchen in the form of Drop, a combined kitchen scales and iPad app created by 32-year-old Dubliner Ben Harris and his team of Irish developers.

Drop is no ordinary kitchen gadget. It can be used as an incredibly precise kitchen scale, or as your very own culinary tutor, which makes it a perfect tool for both novice and tech-savvy bakers.

The intuitive, interactive app contains a library of recipes supplied by Good Housekeeping and other foodie contributors. Each part of a recipe must be completed before you are allowed to proceed to the next part. It is nearly impossible to get stuck, but if you do, interactive photo and video tutorials are just one click away.

Drop has a brilliant function called "smart scaling" - let's say that you don't have enough flour, the app will automatically amend the quantities of the other ingredients to correspond with the flour you do have. Drop can also divide or quadruple an entire recipe in a second. A quick finger tap will upload a photo of your completed dish to Facebook or Twitter, a function that will definitely appeal to smug bakers and social media junkies alike. Soon to include an ingredient substitution function, the app will eliminate the fear of #epicfails. Swoon!

Like with most technological breakthroughs, I fear dependency… Drop is to baking, what automatic cars are to driving. But who says life has to be difficult? Drop is a stunning, clever gadget and I am transfixed.

BUY: Available online priced €99 at store.apple.com/ie and getdrop.com, as well as in Harvey Norman stores nationwide

Aisli Madden is the presenter of RTÉ’s Domestic Divas

Twitter: @AisliMadden @Buddabugzz

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