You've cooked a juicy roast, with a mouth-watering cut of beef and perfect potatoes, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside. And then you go and blow it all by leaving the gravy on the hob too long, ending up with a brown, lumpy goop to pour all over it all. Sunday dinner ruined, tears flow, Monday morning more excruciating than ever before.
It doesn't have to be that way. Panasonic's home of the future envisions a day when even the most inattentive cook can end up with sous-chef grade sauces -- without lifting a finger. Using targeted induction heating, warming different parts of a pan in a circular motion, Panasonic's new concept hob will do all the stirring for you:
The hob is already capable of more than just this party trick. It's also able to measure weights, alerting you if you're overfilling a recipe with an ingredient, and can recognise pots of different thickness too and adjust its heat appropriately.
Beyond pots and pans, Panasonic also hopes to have induction heating grills too. Both appliances will likely be the reserve of the super rich, but with Japanese new builds now regularly installing similar systems, the self-stirring hob-and-pot may only be a few years away from being a regular fixture in UK homes too.