I recently had a grill mishap. No, I didn’t accidentally blow my face off, or anything terrible like that. But I did ruin some ribs, which is a lesser but still severe catastrophe. I left the grill unattended for a few moments, not knowing that a small grease fire had started. When I returned, the ribs were, “charred” to put it lightly.
Cinder, who just presented at Y Combinator Demo Day, wants to make mistakes like these an antiquated artifact with high precision temperature monitoring, app connectivity and smartphone notifications.
The Cinder Sensing Cooker is a countertop smart grill that makes the George Foreman Grill look like a primitive medieval torture device. The grill features a set of aluminum non-stick cooking plates, and the temperature of these cooking plates is constantly monitored by software within the grill – the sensors are accurate to within 1/10 of a degree. By maintaining such precision with heat, Cinder allows users to cook food to exact specifications.
Users can set the grill temperature using the dial on the grill itself, or they can use the accompanying smartphone app. Within the app, they can select the type of food being cooked (strip steak, chicken breast, onions, etc.), the “doneness” (medium, well-done, etc.), and whether or not the food is frozen. Based on the selections, the app automatically sets the appropriate temperature for the grill.
If users aren’t sure exactly how much they want their food to be cooked, the app provides a large selection of photos showing food cooked rare, medium, and well-done.
A small sensor is placed into the middle of the food to ensure that the internal temperature doesn’t rise too far. Then, the grill uses a specific algorithm to ensure that the target temperature is always maintained, meaning that overcooking or undercooking just doesn’t happen.
Especially when an alert is sent to your smartphone or tablet once the food has been cooked to perfection.
Sometimes we talk about this as the third generation of precision temperature cooking. You had a crock pot, to cook at a low temperature over time but it’s not as precise, and sous vide, which has very nice results. What we’ve done is keep the precise temperature, but kept it very approachable and convenient.
Perhaps one of the coolest features of Cinder is that after the food is cooked, the grill can automatically lower the temperature to keep it warm without overcooking it.
Cinder is currently in pre-order status, with the first units scheduled to ship in Summer of 2016. The starting price is $189.
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Amanda Zeitz says
Is the cooking guaranteed to be perfect every time?
Terry Rouse says
I have never been that good at cooking steaks or anything that was not a burger, on a grill. Something like this is nice because it would fit into my apartment and allow me more options for eating dinner.
Patricia Haley says
That is pretty nice. A countertop appliance that can really cook meat the right way.
Greg Mach says
I like a good counter top appliance. I already live in a small apartment and am limited to what my stove/microwave can do for me.
Robert Ahern says
I must say that I cook much less meat than I normally would because it is not easy all the time. If I had one of these in my home, I would have no problems getting some steaks for a nice weekend feast!
Adam Holmes says
I am on the same page that you are. But, with a product like this I might be able to get back into preparing meat dinners the way I like without having to worry too much about them.
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Mark Emery says
You are going to have to cut my credit cards to pieces if you do not want me to order this! I cannot wait to meet the founder of this lovely thing so I can give him a hug!
Stephen Altrogge says
I know, right? It’s amazing…
Dolores Kellerman says
I love this gadget! I don’t have the time to put into cooking a steak to the ultimate point, but if this is going to do it, great! I wonder when I will see it on QVC?
Donna Sanchez says
Isn’t it great! My husband is going to freak out the next time I prepare a steak dinner for him 🙂
Stella Fisher says
Oh man! This will be perfect for our next cookout. I like a steak a certain way and if this grill and do it once and repeat, I am sold.