Will there ever be such a thing as truly automated cooking? Of course, the restaurant industry is currently experimenting with robots that can wait for your tables and even prepare basic dishes. But what about the average everyday home cook who looks at their counter and thinks, “How do I have so many appliances and always take that long to put food on the table? “
In my never-ending quest to test and review the newest and most innovative kitchen equipment, it became more of a curse than a blessing when I recently moved into an apartment and realized how much I already had and how much I still needed. Three Coffee and espresso machines? To verify. Toaster oven, microwave, air fryer, etc? Nothing. But the counter is a precious commodity in my tiny New York apartment, so I knew I had to choose wisely.
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Enter the June oven. This high-tech, high-concept, high-end oven boasts its ability to streamline the entire cooking process with the push of a button on the touchscreen. Packed with smart features, a built-in camera, and an abundance of cooking programs, June Oven promises to replace “12 cooking devices in one magic machine.” It’s a bold statement, and for a pretty daring price. So we decided to see for ourselves if the future of the kitchen is in June, or if the oven should stay on. Tomorrow country.
What is the June smart oven?
The June Smart Oven is less of an “oven” per se, and more of a complete countertop smart food. The oven comes with an internal HD camera that can recognize various ingredients and, amazingly, how many of each item you put in the oven. From there, it automatically gives you a prompt on the touchscreen (if the camera captured it correctly), to let you know which cooking program you should use. WIFI connectivity allows you to monitor your food cooking process on the corresponding app and control the oven from any room in your home, or even when you are away from home.
Speaking of settings, this oven is seriously clever. The recognition software could tell exactly how many slices of bacon I put on the baking sheet, and even whole wheat bread versus white bread. This is quite impressive, although the cut of your food does matter (lay out your chopped veg or it can get confused), and there are some ingredients that can leave June stumped (he struggled when presented with goat meat and meatballs, for example).
Fortunately, the touchscreen is quite easy to use, the main strength of the oven being very clearly its automatic cooking programs. Just select the type of food you want to prepare, from steaks to chocolate chip cookies, and June’s oven will use that information to automatically cook the dish at the right time and temperature. Not only are they practical, but there’s definitely a geek thrill to trying to test out what June can do for you. Especially if you are an inexperienced home cook or want to save time Google searching for a “Quick and Easy Pork Chop Recipe” they can come in handy. Although they are not without drawbacks.
June’s Smart Oven vs. Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven
With the novelty of owning a fade-out air fryer, combining the functionality of convection cooking (which is really all air frying, if we’re being honest) with a solid toaster oven has been the latest. wave of devices. Air Fryer Toaster Ovens, like our favorite Cuisinart TOB-260N1, perform many of the same functions as the June Oven, but at half the price. So how do they compare?
Both have the capacity to hold a 13×9-inch baking sheet and a 12-inch pizza, but the June somehow feels more massive and takes up a lot more space than you might think. It could easily fit a three quart Dutch oven and even claims to fit a 10 pound turkey (although it is quite cramped, leading to crisp issues which we will get to later) .
What June has is a zone style kitchen from all angles, creating a virtual rotisserie effect in addition to the two convection fans for more even cooking overall. That being said, with all the investment in the mechanics to cook a wide variety of ingredients, June tends to play it safe.
Because the June was supposed to be so automated that you could get up and walk away from dinner while cooking, it tends to not overcook and fall for preset programs. The roast chicken I made didn’t come out with super crispy skin the way I wanted it to, and the steak didn’t really get a good crust, even though the inside was perfectly cooked to medium. While Cuisinart doesn’t have as many smart programs, it still delivers.
The Cuisinart and June ovens both come with a variety of accessories, including baking sheets, roasting racks, and more. (although these additions are expensive for June, which is a big lack). One thing Cuisinart lacks is a built-in smart probe thermometer like June’s. June’s probe not only monitors the internal temperature of food, but gives you an estimate of how long it will take to finish cooking.
A key feature either? Microwave. While this is a hamburger of nothing for the Cuisinart oven, it’s shockingly missing from the month of June considering how the oven markets itself as a replacement for the majority of your kitchen appliances (but there’s maybe has a limit to the amount of technology you can pack in a device counter).
How does the June smart oven work?
Prepare to note this: on the touchscreen we have Bake, Broil, Roast, Air Fry, Slow Cook, Dehydrate, Broil, Prove, Reheat and Keep Warm. You can also choose a separate tab for Whole Foods ingredients, although we’ve found that they’re not that different as if you had chosen the regular ingredient instead.
Then choose from different types of cooking programs, including meats, veggies, seafood, frozen foods, and leftovers (although we’ve found that this really does work better than frozen pizzas). June can also be paired with an Alexa device, so you can use voice commands to control the oven. The June app is also great for getting notifications when your food is ready and accessing a library of over 400 recipes with video tutorials (this requires a subscription fee).
It is at this point that we have to say that you can enter the function, cooking time and temperature manually, which could make the oven more appealing to advanced cooks or those who already have a specific recipe in mind. While they clearly want to provide a hands-on experience, the best results I’ve found have come from using it as you would with a normal toaster oven.
June oven final verdict: is the June smart oven worth it?
When you factor in the size, capacity, and variety of heating elements and conventions, the Jun oven could easily replace your average kitchen oven. The HD camera and recognition software are a technical chef’s dream, and there is an almost endless amount of possibilities to play with when it comes to cooking various ingredients with different methods.
But aiming for the stars sometimes means you forget to anchor yourself – despite all of its innovations, it’s still a folly that isn’t always justifiable if you’re looking for a deep fryer toaster oven to use with basics like your mic. -waves. While it might not be worthy of a place on everyone’s countertop, if you’re an inexperienced chef looking for advice and a hands-on approach, this oven is a worthy investment. this name. Are you looking for the latest innovative kitchen gadget? Well, the cooking of the future has to start somewhere, and for you, this oven would be the right place to start.
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