Trendy food and cooking products worth (and not worth).

The internet is full of referrals. Every day, you probably come across kitchen appliances, trendy ingredients, and viral recipes that are so popular that you wonder if they’re worth trying. So Redditor u/rifain asked, “What product [did] have you advertised on the internet to try it and what was your experience after trying it?” Here’s how people reacted.

1.

“Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I had read about it for years and as an avid baker, I had been craving one for a long time. When my hand mixer finally died, I thought it was a good time to get one. And yes, it was absolutely fantastic. I use it at least twice a week.”

2.

“For me, it was Old Bay seasoning. We don’t have it here in France, but I kept reading about this great product (especially seafood). I couldn’t resist trying it one more day and bought a can of Old Bay on Amazon. So far I’ve used it for ratatouille, shrimp and chicken. It’s pretty good, but so unnecessary in my opinion. I’m used to cooking with herbs and spices. I understand how Old Bay helps with a quick recipe or for someone who doesn’t want to invest the time to learn about spices, but it didn’t have much value for me.”

3.

“Instant Pot. I finally took the plunge and used it three days a week for two years. Pressure cookers are really great.”

4.

“Meal sets. I tried one for a while, but both my partner and I agreed that it would be much more economical to just keep the recipes they sent for the first three months and then buy the ingredients from our local grocery store. Our biggest complaint while trying the product was the excessive amount of wasteful packaging.”

5.

“Better than bullion. This stuff is so good. It has completely replaced dry stock cubes and packaged stock for me.”

6.

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

7.

“Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise. It’s hard to navigate where I live because it’s so popular, but I have to admit it really does taste better than your regular grocery store mayo.”

8.

“I watch a lot of home cooking on YouTube and the most popular dish that stands out to me is pickled red onions. So many people swear by this stuff and the hype is absolutely justified, me always keep them in the fridge now.”

9.

“All bagel seasoning. I love it and it’s made with aromatic ingredients that I don’t usually have on hand.”

10.

“Chili butter. Thanks to my Instagram feed, I gave myself up to try a bunch of different hot oils from the Trader Joe’s version to Fly By Jing and Momofuku. I can honestly say this is one ingredient I can’t live without. Just a spoonful of this stuff adds so much flavor to anything I cook, whether it’s simple noodles or basic roasted vegetables.”

11.

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

12.

“Reddit finally made me take the leap into buying MSG. I add it to all my home cooked meals now and haven’t looked back.’

13.

“Smash burgers. Cooking burgers using this method turned out to be everything it was advertised to be and more. I really can’t go back to the way I used to make burgers.”

14.

“High quality canned fish. I’m a longtime fan of canned fish, which is having a real moment in the spotlight thanks to TikTok. Lately I’ve been splurging on high quality ingredients like tuna belly wrapped in olive oil and scallops in escabeche. They taste amazing and make for the easiest and quickest meals when I’m in a pinch.”

15.

“Dalgona coffee, that beaten coffee drink that took over the internet. It looked good, but ended up being too cute and fluffy.”

16.

“Fresh truffles. I wanted to like them, but I didn’t care about the taste. I see chefs using them in all kinds of fancy dishes, but I personally didn’t enjoy them. I prefer to use chanterelles, smurfs or giant Portabellas in my cooking instead.”

17.

“The most recent ‘hyper’ product I bought was an air fryer. I got the Ninja and I can confirm that it is THE BOMB.”

18.

“This viral TikTok Tomato Feta Pasta. It’s now a staple in my household and one of our go-to meals. It’s worth a try if you haven’t!”


19.

“Sous vide. It really makes the best steak ever. She is so fragile. This gadget changed the game.”

20.

“Almost every recipe that has gone viral on social media. These things are almost never worth making. Remember those trendy cloud eggs? All this work was for something that, well… tasted like egg.

21.

“Homemade pasta. I’ve seen people make it online and thought it would take a long time and show, but man, going from pre-packaged from the store to fresh pasta was amazing. My husband gave me the Kitchenaid attachment, which makes it easy. Now I make homemade pasta on Sundays and freeze it for the week.”

22.

“Cauliflower everything from rice and pizza crusts to fried cauliflower ‘wings’. Why can’t cauliflower be happy with what it is? It’s a perfectly delicious vegetable and I’m afraid we’re giving it a complex.”

23.

“Mason Jar Salads. I saw them on Pinterest. Sure, they look pretty, but trying to eat salad out of a jar is horrible. If you throw it in a bowl, you have two dirty dishes. It just makes a whole lot more sense to prepare and eat your salad in a food storage container.”

24.

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

25.

“Overnight Oatmeal. I tried recipe after recipe after seeing this snack on blogs, YouTube, TikTok, etc. IMO, they taste terrible. They don’t get sticky, tasty, or comforting. They’re little less dry oats in a pool of liquid and other ingredients that also get sad in the process.”

26.

“Biscuit butter. I finally tried it for the first time at the age of 20. All I can say is that this is probably the greatest invention the Belgians have ever come up with. I love using it when I make desserts like Biscuit Butter New York Cheesecake with a Biscoff Biscuit Crust.”

27.

“Immersion blender. I don’t know how I lasted this long without it. It is perfect for soups and sauces. You don’t have to worry about transferring foods to and from a blender. With the whipping attachment, you’ll never mess up an emulsion again.”

28.

“Akai. Almost any ‘superfood’ seems intimidating to me, but acai has the added benefit of tasting terrible too.”

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

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