5 Useful Raspberry Pi Projects For Your Kitchen

Raspberry Pis are excellent tools to bring your home to the modern age without spending thousands of dollars on fancy smart devices and electronic gadgets. These single-board computers are incredibly versatile in that they can be used in a host of home projects. You can find useful Pi projects for your bedroom, such as alarm clocks and smart displays. 

There are plenty of places they can be used in the rest of your living space, too, such as home assistants, security cameras, and even digital photo frames. While you might not think of adding a DIY electronic project to your kitchen, Raspberry Pis offers several applications in that regard, too. These boards can make meal prep, cooking, and even pantry management less tedious.

If you want to add a touch of modernity to your cooking space, check out these five DIY Raspberry Pi projects you can easily build. And yes, they're great hands-on projects for practicing your electronic and programming skills, too.

Kitchen TV

A Raspberry Pi smart kitchen display is a great entertainment hub for your cooking space, but there's just something more appealing about watching the news or browsing the web on a bigger screen. In that case, this kitchen TV project might be a better alternative.

In this setup, a Raspberry Pi is connected to a wall-mounted TV and runs a web-based app. The app essentially divides the entire screen into several handy sections:

  • An analog clock: Positioned on the right side. Its design is customizable to fit your aesthetic.
  • News headlines: Found below the analog clock. The content displayed here is sourced from the latest headlines on the BBC news website.
  • A date and digital time: Displayed on the left side and overlays on the video player.
  • Video player: Streams news/music content from a preset list of YouTube LIVE channels that can be customized. Each of the channels only plays for a specific period before automatically switching to a different one. However, there's also a channel selector and simple volume level control should you choose a channel to watch or listen to manually.
  • Web browser: A dedicated button located in the channel selector. This opens up a DuckDuckGo search bar if you need to look up some recipes.
  • Weather display: Powered by Yahoo! Weather API, tells you today's temperature, humidity, and wind speed and provides a forecast for the next few days.

The TV can be controlled using its remote control companion or a keyboard and mouse combo connected to the Raspberry Pi. To build the project, you'll only need a Raspberry Pi and any old TV for the hardware and some basic PHP and Javascript knowledge for the software, so you can readily customize the display to fit your needs.

Flame detector

The American Red Cross names kitchens as one of the most likely places for house fires to start. After all, it's where you can find cooking equipment and a host of electrical appliances. If you're looking to supplement your existing fire detection system for peace of mind, a Raspberry Pi-powered flame detector is an excellent addition to your space.

This fire alert system uses a flame sensor to detect fire. As soon as it senses the presence of a flame, it transmits a signal to the Pi board, which, in turn, sends a message to the registered WhatsApp number. This contains a link to the Google Maps location of the Pi. The system is also designed to notify the WhatsApp number every time it's booted up. For the hardware components, the project only calls for a smartphone with WhatsApp installed, a flame sensor, and the Raspberry Pi (and a LAN or Wi-Fi dongle if you're using a model with no Wi-Fi support). On the software side, the system is developed using Python and uses a Twilio library to send the message. When installing the system in your kitchen, make sure it isn't positioned too close to the gas stoves where open flames are normal and can be easily detected.

More than keeping your home safe, this flame detector project is also a great starting point if you're a beginner in coding and electronics. The code isn't as complex as you might initially think. It's a simple 37-line code that uses pretty basic Python statements and functions.