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Brief Published: 13 Apr 2016

Genie: Countertop Meal Synthesiser


The miniature Genie countertop cooker turns pods of freeze-dried ingredients into full meals in as little as 30 seconds. Described as a "Keurig-type machine" by its inventors, Israeli entrepreneurs Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco, the device can produce a range of edibles – from chicken and ramen noodles to muffins and chocolate soufflés.

To create a single-serve meal, users simply select a food pod, pop it inside the device and add water. The pods only contain natural ingredients and have a shelf life of up to two years. Gluten-free and vegetarian versions are available for consumers with specific dietary requirements.

The Genie, which is now available for pre-order on the dedicated website, is designed for at-home and office use as well as any communal facility where multiple meals need to be prepared on the go. For more speedy gadgets streamlining the cooking process for time-strapped consumers, see Kitchen of the Future.

For more on inventive long-life edible powders and mixes in the fresh and frozen realms, see Convenience Cuisine and Expired Fruit Becomes Edible Food Powder. See also Powder Delays Food Spoilage for more on extending the shelf life of fresh foods.