How many times have you kicked yourself for letting food sit in the refrigerator a just little too long? It happens to me all the time. As I toss out the bad, I mentally add up the cost of what gets thrown away. Buh-bye Miss $3.00 Redbell Pepper; it’s been nice knowing you Mr. $5.00 Aspara Gus Bunch.
In a world with hungry children, I’m ashamed for ever letting perfectly good food go bad, but alas, guilty as charged. (It’s not intentional. Life moves fast and some things are lost along the way. Sometimes, the broccoli doesn’t survive.)
Due to electrical and plumbing code restrictions, it often takes a few years for European products to make their way to the States, but the wait for quality innovative technology is often worth it.
While at IMM Cologne, I got a chance to see Miele USA’s newest entry into the refrigeration market up close. Wanted it! The Independence Series, from Miele’s refrigeration department, features MasterCool™ – each drawer has its own micro-climate – to get rid of some of the guesswork about how to store food properly.
No more gooey grapes, y’all!
Maybe Dirk Sappok, Product Development Group Manager for Miele, put it a little more eloquently:
“Different types of food require specific temperatures and humidity levels to preserve and protect quality and freshness,” said Dirk Sappok, “One of the most revolutionary aspects of Miele refrigeration is the user interface. With Miele MasterCool™, simply select the drawer location and food type from the menu system and the refrigerator will automatically adjust and maintain the ideal environment within each zone. This ensures food looks and stays fresh, extending food shelf life by up to 3x.”
Wow. My refrigerator doesn’t like interfacing with users much at all.
If you’re like me, a girl with ordinary appliances, the air from your freezer keeps your refrigerator cold, as single compressor models have to pull double duty. (I admit it. On more than one occasion, I’ve frozen some veggies in the fridge.) In higher end units, dual compressors operate each section independently, allowing more control over the temperature and the humidity. Sweet.
Sometimes you get what you pay for folks. Me? I got a head of frozen lettuce.
If you think the NSA is the only one with stealth monitoring technology, think again. Miele incorporated RemoteVision™ into the Independence Series. It’s new, but as far as I know, isn’t able to listen in on table talk during the dinner hour. Consider it an alarm system for your food. If a problem occurs, a Miele Service Center is alerted to make sure your food doesn’t spoil. That’s crazy cool.
I have no idea how they do it, but they do.
This is the exact set-up I fell in love with on the show floor at Living Kitchen. The contemporary styling feels fresh, I’m a sucker for ice and water in the door, and the integration into the cabinetry is sleek and sexy:
We should all look so fabulous lurking about the kitchen. Really, we should. High-end appliances call for more from us. It might not be wise to make a marinara while wearing a white suit, but dining in will be more fun if we put a little extra effort into our attire. I’m thinking P.J.’s with lapels.
I added Miele’s Independence Series to the lottery-winning-genie-in-a-bottle-ship-comes-in-wish-list back in January. (It also includes their steam oven, convection oven, induction cook top, downdraft vent and the latest incarnation – It knows your cup size! – of their famous built-in coffee maker. I don’t want much.) Keep a good thought for me, will you?
Tell me about your dream kitchen, please, because mine is a drywall dust nightmare and I want to think clean, pretty thoughts. Does it include appliances with special features, or are you wary of newfangled electronics? Do you want your fridge to call in a service repair or do you think it’s taking tech too far? Get the conversation started in the comments below.
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Miele is the appliance bomb.
Founded in Germany in 1899 with a single promise of Immer Besser, a phrase meaning Forever Better, Miele has dynamically grown to become the world’s largest family-owned and operated appliance company with more than 16,600 employees, 12 production facilities and representation in nearly 100 countries. As a premium appliance brand represented on all continents, Miele is steadfastly committed to the highest quality, performance and environmental standards. Miele’s range of exceptional consumer appliances includes: vacuüm cleaners; laundry systems; rotary irons; dishwashers; built-in convection, speed, steam and combi-steam ovens; cooktops; ventilation hoods; refrigeration; wine storage and espresso/coffee systems.