Trendy food and cooking products that (and aren’t) worth it

The Internet is full of recommendations. Every day, you’re likely to come across trendy kitchen gadgets and ingredients, and viral recipes that are so popular, that you wonder if something might be worth trying. So Redditor Sherif Requested, “what product [did] Did you scramble the internet to try it out and what was your experience once you tried it? Here’s how people responded.


“KitchenAid stand mixer. I’d been reading about it for years, and as an avid baker, I’d been craving one for a long time. When the hand mixer finally died, I thought it was about time I got one. And yeah, it was absolutely amazing. I use it at least twice.” In the week “.


“For me, it was Old Bay seasoning. We don’t have it here in France, but I kept reading about this great product (especially for seafood). I couldn’t bear not to try it for another day, and I bought a box of Old Bay on Amazon. So far, I’ve used it for ratatouille and shrimp.” And the chicken. It’s very good, but superfluous in my opinion. I’m used to cooking with herbs and spices. I understand how it helps to have a quick recipe or for someone who isn’t interested in investing the time to learn about spices, but it wasn’t of much value to me.”


“Instant Pot. I finally took the plunge and have been using it three days a week for two years. Pressure cookers are really cool.”


“Meal kits. I’ve tried one for a while, but my partner and I both agreed it would be more economical to just save the recipes they sent in for the first three months and then buy the ingredients at our local grocery store. Our biggest complaint while trying the product was the excessive amount of wasted packaging.”


“Better than bullion. This stuff is so good. It completely replaced dry bullion cubes and bottled broth for me.”


“Nutritional yeast. I love this stuff on popcorn, but I don’t think it tastes very good in things like soup or salad. It’s a staple in my pantry, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a one-time puree that’s only used to season the popcorn.”


“Kewpie Japanese Mayo. It’s hard to get where I live because it’s so popular, but I have to admit it honestly tastes better than the general grocery store mayonnaise.”


“I watch a ton of home cooks on YouTube and the food that stands out for me is pickled red onions. A lot of people swear by this stuff, and the publicity is totally justified, Always Put them in the fridge now.”


“All baking spices. I love them, and they’re made with flavorful ingredients that I don’t usually keep on hand.”


Chili oil. Thanks to my Instagram feed, I’ve given up trying a bunch of different chili oils from Trader Joe’s version to Fly By Jing and Momofuku’s. I can honestly say that’s one ingredient I can’t live without. Just a teaspoon of this stuff They add so much flavor to everything I cook, whether that’s simple pasta or roasted vegetables.”


“A good cast-iron skillet. I seasoned it from scratch, made a steak, and immediately recognized the magic.”


“Reddit finally got me to jump on buying MSG. I add it to all my home cooking now and haven’t looked back.”


“Burger smash. Cooking burgers this way turns out to be everything advertised and more. I really can’t go back to the way I used to make burgers.”


“High-quality canned fish. I’ve been a longtime fan of canned fish, which is having a real moment in the spotlight thanks to TikTok. Recently I’ve been splurging on high-quality ingredients like tuna belly packed in olive oil and mussels in escabeche. The flavor is incredible and they make for meals.” Easier and faster when I’m in trouble.”


“Dalgona coffee, this frothy coffee drink that’s been taking over the internet. It sounded good, but ended up being too sweet and fluffy.”


“Fresh truffles. I wanted to like them but didn’t care for the taste. I see chefs use them in all kinds of fancy dishes, but I personally didn’t enjoy them. I’d rather use chanterelles, morels, or giants instead. Use Portabella in my cooking.”


“The latest product I’ve bought is the air fryer. I got the Ninja and can confirm it’s the bomb.”


“Viral TikTok feta tomato spaghetti. It’s a staple in my house now and one of our meal rotations. It’s worth a try if you haven’t made it!”


“Awesome video. He really does cook the best steak ever. It’s so tender. This tool is a game changer.”


Almost any recipe that has gone viral on social media. This stuff is almost not worth making. Remember those trendy cloud eggs? It was all work for something that, well… tastes like an egg.


“Homemade pasta. I’ve seen people make it online and thought it would take a long time and turn out unusual, but man, switching from pre-packaged store bought to fresh pasta has been incredible. My husband got me a Kitchenaid accessory that makes it easy.” Now I make homemade pasta on Sunday and freeze all week.”


Cauliflower is everything from rice and pizza crust to “fried cauliflower wings.” Why can’t broccoli be happy with what it is? It’s a totally delicious vegetable, and I’m afraid to give it a complex.


Mason jar salads. Watch these on Pinterest. Sure, they look pretty, but it’s awful trying to eat a salad out of the jar. If you toss it in a bowl, you’ll have two dirty dishes. It just makes a whole dish. It makes more sense to prepare the salad and eat it in a storage container the food “.


“Pure Kerrygold Irish Salted Butter. The internet loves this stuff. IMO, it’s good, but it’s not special enough to justify the idea of ​​paying more for it.”


“Overnight oats. I’ve tried recipe after recipe after seeing this breakfast on blogs, YouTube, TikTok, etc. IMO, it tastes bad. It doesn’t get sticky, it’s delicious and comforting. It’s a dry oatmeal that’s a bit lower in the range of liquid ingredients.” And other ingredients that also get sad in the process.”


“Cookie butter. I finally tried it for the first time at the age of 20. All I can say is that it’s arguably the greatest invention the Belgians have ever created. I love using it when making desserts like New York Biscoff Cookie Crust Cheesecake.”


“Immersion blender. I don’t know how you last so long without one. It’s perfect for soups and sauces. You don’t have to worry about transferring foods to and from the blender. With the whisk attachment, you’ll never mess up an emulsifier again.”


“Acai. Pretty much any ‘superfood’ makes me feel bad, but acai has the added benefit of tasting awful.”

What’s a trendy or fun recipe, ingredient, or cooking-related product that you’ve tried because of the internet, and what’s your own experience with it? Tell us in the comments!

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