Keeping tabs on the latest food trends can help you build and design kitchens that meet the needs of today's buyers. Here are three trends expected to continue into 2022 that could help influence future projects.
Spending more time inside with constant access to desserts and other snacks may have shifted the scales for many consumers, and they're looking to get their diets back on track. Healthy eating1 will continue to be a focus post-pandemic, and steam cooking is a popular, nutritious method of preparing food. It helps preserve nutrients and keeps food moist, eliminating the need for oil. Including a wall oven with the ability to steam will be appealing to many consumers. The KitchenAidⓇ SmartOven+ 30" Combination Oven with Powered Attachments enables grilling, stone cooking and steaming. You can steam-cook vegetables, entrees or even a complete dinner for four of salmon, potatoes and asparagus. The steamer attachment can also be used with the Steam Assist mode to create a humid cooking environment ideal for baked goods, breads and roasts.
Another trending, healthy cooking method is air frying. Ranges with air fry capabilities, like the WhirlpoolⓇ 7-in-1 Air Fry Oven, circulates hot air around the air fry basket to cook fried food in a healthy way, with less oil than traditional frying. Consumers can air fry their favorite foods like chicken wings, nuggets and fries right in their oven.
People who have spent less time at their favorite bars and restaurants are enjoying their favorite cocktails from home, and at-home bartending2 is a trend expected to stick around. Adding a small wet bar to a kitchen, basement or even living room area will allow homeowners to entertain guests and put their bartending skills to use. The KitchenAidⓇ 24" Undercounter Wine Cellar keeps wine chilled and easily accessible, while the KitchenAidⓇ 24" Undercounter Refrigerator provides a seamless, built-in look and organizes all the party essentials from platters to pitchers.
Bread baking was all the rage during the start of the pandemic, and now we're seeing a new trend forming in the kitchen: homemade pasta making3. Consumers will appreciate the flexibility of a KitchenAidⓇ stand mixer with coordinating pasta attachments, which makes it easy to roll and cut pasta. When homeowners aren't making pasta, they might want their countertop appliances hidden to allow for more counter space and create a clean, seamless look throughout the kitchen. Appliance garages4 can help reduce countertop clutter by keeping small appliances like stand mixers or coffee makers out of sight. This could be a small roll-up door that slides down over the appliance or a cabinet door that disguises a coffee station when not in use.