How do you feel about having a clever kitchen?

It's an increasing possibility as the much discussed internet of things is turning into reality, but will it offer kitchen bliss or time-consuming stress? Is technology the golden bullet for food waste woes, potentially saving the average family £700?

We're intrigued to discover more so we're helping to run a series of independently measured social experiments as part of Sainsbury’s 'Waste Less, Save More' campaign.

We know that despite our best intentions, life planning sometimes gets out of hand causing that late afternoon panic about what to eat that evening. Would being able to look at a photo on your phone showing what's in your fridge help with the meal planning? Would it ensure you don’t overbuy or miss a key ingredient?

Clever fridges

Thanks to the support of Bosch and their new Home Connect fridges we've been able to give 20 households in the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote a new smart fridge, complete with internal cameras connected to smart phones. Each household’s food waste was measured before they got the fridge and we're asking them to keep regular food diaries. Will the fridge make a significant difference and will it keep doing so once the novelty disappears?

Calculator bins

Similarly if you knew exactly how much food waste you are throwing away and the financial value of what is ending up in the bin - would that help change habits? With support from Winnow Solutions six households in Swadlincote are being provided with smart bins that will provide this information. Again, we'll track the impact and see the difference this smart gadget has made.

If either of the above proves successful there's no shortage of new high tech gadgets about to hit the market. Examples include scales that make sure you get ingredient measurements right, sensors to ensure food is perfectly cooked and smart shelves telling you when ingredients are running low.

What we want to know is whether all this new stuff is really necessary, is it over complicating the problem?

Are less sexy solutions such as writing lists, better storage containers, bag clips and re-sealable bags a more cost effective solution? Perhaps the boring long-term approach of increasing awareness, improving knowledge and providing support from family, friends and neighbours is more effective than a fast high tech solution.

Our experiments with Sainsbury’s will help provide some real data to answer these questions. In the meantime we would love to here your views.

Do you think smart kitchens will lead to smarter chefs? Send us a tweet @hubbubuk and tell us what you think.