What technology: technical ideas for Mother’s Day


CHARLOTTE, NC – 5 years ago I wouldn’t have thought to give my mom a technical gadget for Mother’s Day. She was not a big fan of technical things and, like many moms, was not comfortable trying to figure out how to use them.

Now everything is different. My mom loves her digital photo frame into which I can upload photos of children from my phone. She likes the Roku device and free channels for watching movies and shows. And she’s completely crazy about her Insta-Pot and Air Fryer.
So what this year? I have put together some technical gadgets that I think will be useful and even interesting for most moms. Of all the gadgets I’ve tried over the last 5 years, the one I use the most is the Sous Vide precision plate.

Once these magic wands were reserved for commercial kitchens and steakhouses, they are becoming a staple in home kitchens because they make cooking easier, save time, and the food each time turns out perfect. These “magic wands” heat the water to the right temperature.

Most, like the popular Anova sous vide, come with an appendix that tells you at what temperature to cook beef, chicken, pork and fish (I used it to make a delicious creme brulee). Put everything you cook in an airtight bag and lower into a saucepan of water. The Sous Vide cooker circulates water of this temperature, preparing food to this exact temperature. This means that it is impossible to digest.

Once it’s done, place it on the grill or cast iron skillet to fry quickly. She will spend less time in the kitchen and the food has never been better.
I found that the Sous Vide cooker is a great way to cook thick pieces of chicken breast that are virtually impossible to cook or grill to the right temperature. If someone asks for a steak on medium baking, set the Sous vide plate to 125 degrees, and if you insert a meat thermometer, the breast will have 125 degrees from one end to the other.

Anker’s Soundcore Frames are sunglasses with built-in Bluetooth speakers in the temple. The sound quality is surprisingly excellent. She can listen to music, podcasts and make phone calls without headphones. They are great for cycling if you need to hear cars or people around you while listening to music. The framework can be changed if she wants to find a new style.

If mom hates appliances, it’s probably because of all the cords that need to be connected to the wall. Ugly. I found an outlet cover with an attached outlet that is easy to install. Plug it in and hide the discharge behind the furniture. They come with clamps to hide the cable from the baseboards. No installation required, just plug and cover.

Finally, for moms who read, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite can replace the hardcover books she loves. Better than trying to read by phone, Paperwhite is waterproof and can be read in bright sunlight or in bed. If she likes library books, she can check them out and upload them to paperwhite using the Libby app. In addition, Amazon often offers deals on popular books that are much cheaper than buying a hardcover.

You can still give mom a digital photo frame, a Bluetooth speaker (because you never get too much) or a portable charger for her phone. Just don’t think she doesn’t like something because she “doesn’t like technology”. Moms do this, especially when they make life easier or easier.

Mother’s Day is May 8

What technology: technical ideas for Mother’s Day

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