The Smart Kitchen Summit Startup Showcase provides a platform for exciting startups, inventors, culinary makers and cutting-edge product companies to showcase what they are working on and let others experience it firsthand. Now in its third year, the Startup Showcase + PitchFest take place during SKS on October 10-11, 2017 in Seattle and is sponsored by the leading maker of soups and simple meals, beverages, snacks and packaged fresh foods, Campbell Soup Company. Campbell’s will provide a $10,000 cash prize to the winner, announced at live at SKS. Below we take a look at one of these finalists, IXL Netherlands.

What does the future of cooking really look like? Current heating techniques often blunt flavor and take away a food’s core nutrition. One startup in Europe hopes to change all that with a new cooking technology known as Pulse Electric Field (PEF). IXL Netherlands combines the effects of electroporation and pulsed ohmic heating in the eCooker, allowing cooked food to maintain its nutritional value, flavor, color, structure and taste.  The appliance features three individual compartments. Each compartment works independently of one another, consisting of two vertical electrodes that are connected to a high voltage pulse generator inside the apparatus featuring electronic communication. The machine has the capability to program different process parameters and their results can then be stored.

This sounds overly technical – but the process for users is fairly straightforward. Users start by placing the food in one of the baskets along with a liquid sauce that acts as an energy transferring medium. They can then select a cooking strategy based on the type of food they’re cooking from the program on the tablet. The eCooker then cooks the food using electrical pulses, evenly heating the contents without destroying taste or nutrition. Once the required temperature is reached, the unit automatically turns off to save energy. And, as it turns out, cooking via electrical pulses is pretty quick.

The result is a healthy, hot meal using low temperatures cooked in just a short period of time.

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