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Kitchen Gadget Trends Through the Years KITCHEN GADGET TRENDS Through the Years EARLY AND ENDURING CAST IRON • In the beginning, there was cast iron cookware • Some say it dates back 2,000 YEARS 225% IN THE LAST DECADE Sales of cast iron cookware have increased TOASTER • 1919: The pop-up toaster was invented before sliced bread • Although they were luxurious in the '30s, they became affordable and popular in the 1960s • 1990: The first toaster controlled from the Internet KITCHEN AID STAND MIXERS 1914: It started as a tool for commercial bakers • 1930: The redesigned mixer looks pretty much the same today 1950s - 1960s PRESSURE COOKERS • Mid-century: 37% of households owned one They fell out of fashion as Americans switched to frozen dinners and microwave cooking • But they're making a comeback, in part because of their appearance on TV shows like "IRON CHEF" TUPPERWARE • 1946: Company founded Earl Tupper got the idea for an airtight seal from a paint can lid • 1951: Tupperware parties started to take off There was a 25% SALES INCREASE IN 3 YEARS, thanks to the 9,000 independent consultants doing direct sales For the next 2 decades, sales doubled EVERY 5 YEARS • 1976: Sales topped $500 MILLION IMMERSION BLENDERS • Popular in European kitchens since the 1960s • Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Alton Brown more recently BROUGHT THEM MAINSTREAM SOUS VIDE GOG • 1799: The method first discovered • Mid-1960s: Rediscovered by French and American engineers for industrial food preparation Now you can sous vide at home with automated vacuum sealers like the FOODSAVER® 1970s CROCK-POT Exploded in popularity as They're making a comeback as people look for easy ways to make healthy meals women entered the workforce • 2009: 83% of American households owned one They're now being marketed to men with a line that has NFL LOGOS Chili for game night anyone? JUICER Jack LaLanne made them popular in the 1970s But like many health-conscious trends, it's in the comeback phase • 2014: Annual sales of home juicers were $300 MILLION IN THE U.S. SALAD SPINNER • 1974: Hit the American market • 1978: ½ MILLION UNITS sold annually The current popularity of pre-washed bags of lettuce has reduced the need for this gadget MR. COFFEE • 1972: Launched It was a "great dividing year in the history of coffee in America," said THE NEW YORK TIMES. "Before it, the percolator. After, automatic drip." • 1996: 73% of American households used an automatic drip coffee maker 1980s GINSU KNIVES • This infomercial used the energetic style of carnival hawkers • IT'S BEEN CALLED A "HALL OF FAME" commercial, alongside the Chia Pet and the Clapper • Between 1978 and 1984, 2-3 MILLION WERE SOLD MICROWAVE • 1986: 25% of U.S. households had a microwave • 1997: More than 90% of U.S. households owned one The microwave brought popcorn back as a popular snack SHOWTIME ROTISSERIE • "SET IT, AND FORGET IT!" was the slogan • The company, RONCO, still holds the trademark on the slogan SALAD SHOOTER • 1988: Launched The electric slicer/shredder was a response to consumer demand for MORE FRESH VEGETABLES 1990s - 2000s GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL • 1994: Launched • MORE THAN 100 MILLION SOLD It's estimated that GEORGE FOREMAN himself made $200 MILLION FROM THE ENDORSEMENT SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATORS Trending towards sleek and modern design, the side-by-side refrigerator became popular These French door-style refrigerators are STILL AVAILABLE, but they cost more than a standard fridge SLAP CHOP • The guy from the infomercial, VINCE OFFER, also owns and produced infomercials for the ShamWow! and the Schticky, a lint roller • In Billy Mays' infomercial for the Quick Chop, he called the SLAP CHOP a rip-off of his product MAGIC BULLET • 2003: Launched • 2005: Total of 3 million units sold In total: $500 MILLION IN SALES 2010s KEURIG COFFEE MACHINE • 1998: The first K-Cup coffee pods introduced They were targeting the office market • 2002: 10,000 commercial machines sold • 2006: The brand was acquired by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters • 2008: K-Cup pods became available in supermarkets • 2012: Keurig and K-Cup sales were $1.2 BILLION VEGETABLE SPIRALIZER • It can turn a zucchini into a bowl of spaghetti (sort of) • Began trending in 2014 • Popular with people who are: •Going gluten-free Trying to sneak in more vegetables •Following the Paleo diet SODA STREAM • 1903: Founded Were popular in the U.K. in the '70s and '80s • 2007: $4.4 MILLION in U.S. sales • 2011: $40 MILLION in U.S. sales SMART-HOME KITCHEN $7 BILLION: Projected global market value for SMART KITCHENS BY 2020 Connected cooking devices let you monitor or control your kitchen appliances FROM YOUR PHONE • Smart Fridge: Cameras inside let you check your fridge while you're at the supermarket • Smart Crock-Pot: Check the temperature even while you're out • Smart Stove: Preheat or adjust the temperature with your device SOURCE li

Kitchen Gadget Trends Through the Years

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Our kitchens are important parts of our homes. Over our lifetimes, we will spend three years (or 27,156 hours!) cooking, and our kitchens will provide us with 60% of our meals. And though they’re i...



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