5 Viral Kitchen Hacks TESTED Hit or Myth?
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Welcome to How To Cook That, I’m
Ann Reardon and today we are going to put some kitchen hacks to the test to see if they
are a Hit or a Myth. Make sure you subscribe to my channel and
press that bell so you get notified of new uploads. Hack Number 1:
Says if you need a squeeze of lemon don’t cut your lemon in half and juice it, instead
roll the lemon on the bench pushing down to burst all those little juice vesicles inside
the lemon, Then take a skewer and poke it in the end
of your lemon. Now you can squeeze your lemon and out comes
some juice. This seems to work pretty well, we’ve got
about a tablespoon of juice but now no matter how hard I squeeze it, I can’t seem to get
any more than that out of it, we’re about to split the lemon if I keep squeezing it
any harder. But the lemon is still contained so the theory
is that it will stay fresh and then you can cut that open later and get the rest of the
juice out of it. So if you just want one squeeze or a tablespoon
of juice or less this hack is a HIT. HACK number 2: when you’re making a cake and
you add the flour do not over mix it, you want to fold it until it is just combined
and you can’t see any more flour. So let’s experiment with that and tip half
of our cake mixture into one tray. And then with the other half we are going
to put that with an electric mixer and whip it on high speed for 2 minutes to mix it really
well. And then pour that into the exact same sized
cake tin as the one that we just folded in. Look at that it looks heaps lighter. It is the exact same cake mixture made at
the same time, this one is just lighter because of all the air that has been whipped into
it. Now let’s bake them side by side so the oven
temperature is the same, the position in the oven is the same. And they look pretty similar while they’re
baking, they’re both rising well. They look good so far. Once they are cooled, I’ve just leveled off
the tops so that we can take a look inside the cake. This is the one that was just folded in and
it has a nice soft springy texture and it is very even throughout the whole cake. Now the same cake that was whipped for an
extra 2 minutes is looking completely different it is quite dense in some parts and it doesn’t
have as many little air bubbles through the cake. Now most people won’t study the look of your
cake, so what difference does it actually make when you eat it? Let’s taste the dense one, and now the airy
one. Well they taste exactly the same in terms
of flavour but the texture is quite different as you’d expect. One is quite dense and a bit stodgy in your
mouth and the other one is fluffy and so much better. So not over stirring your cake batter is a
HIT. Kitchen hack number 3: if you add too much
liquid to your buttercream it will split – so instead of it looking smooth it has this weird
lumpy appearance and it doesn’t pipe well at all. The hack to fix split buttercream says to
add an extra cup of icing sugar and whip it on high speed for at least a minute. Well would you look at that, it looks better
than it did before when it was split. That’s pretty good, I don’t think most people
would notice. It might be a bit sweeter so you could add
a little bit of salt to the icing to overcome that. So don’t throw it out if you split your buttercream,
add more icing sugar. That hack is a HIT! Kitchen hack number 4 says if you make a cake
and you cover that in a layer of buttercream then what you want to do next is take a hair
dryer and with it set to warm just blow on the cake and it will make your cake look shiny
and smooth like fondant. Well let’s test that out. Blowing on it doesn’t seem to be making it
shiny, we are getting some butter splitting from the icing and pooling at the bottom but
that is making it look worse not better. Let’s keep going maybe we just need a little
bit more… uh oh now the frosting is starting to come off, it’s peeling off the top layer
back to that crumb coat underneath. That is kind of cool if you’re going for a
zombie look! But not other than that. Let’s try the other side, you can see that
butter melting out of the icing there. Imagine if this was a wedding cake and you’ve
just ruined it! This hack is definitely a MYTH. Baking hack number 5: says when you make icing
instead of putting it straight into the piping bag put it onto some plastic wrap first so
you can reuse the piping bag and save money. So put the frosting onto some wrap and then
bring the two sides over into the middle. Hold each end and give it a spin to twist
up the ends there. Take one end and tie it in a knot so the icing
doesn’t escape back out of the top there when you squeeze on it. And then take the other end and cut it off
fairly close to the icing. Place that into the piping bag, shake it down
and pipe. Well it certainly works for piping but does
it keep the piping bag clean? Let’s try and pull out the rest of the frosting
and the piping tip and yes that looks pretty good to me, there are a couple of tiny bits
of frosting on the bag that you could wipe off. But how about costs? I bought these piping bags in bulk on eBay
for 12c each. And this length of plastic wrap costs just
2c. So if you’re using a lot of colours especially
and you need lots of piping bags for the one cake or if you have more time than money then
this hack is a HIT. Hit that subscribe button and let me know
what other hacks you’d like tested. Make it a great week and I’ll see you on Friday.

16 thoughts on “5 Viral Kitchen Hacks TESTED Hit or Myth?

  1. Hello there Ann~

    I guess you already know maybe, but I saw something that really surprised me yesterday..

    Yesterday, I was watching The Emoji Movie..there's a part where the emojis travel into Youtube App…One of your videos is featured there…which is "Magic Chocolate Lava Cake"…

    I don't know why, but I feel kinda amazed that the team production of "The Emoji Movie" acknowledged your videos…

    As always, I'm a huge fan of yours and always watch your video almost everyday…have a good day!

  2. i gues they never myth huh?
    youve got a life hack i bet it dosent work yaa
    we gon find a better hack and we wont need ya

  3. 1. this "don't waste my time" whisper on the Myth, damn hell awesome XD

    2. the plasticwrap hack are awesome to use it as multi color decoration 😀

  4. Obligatory comment to promote the channel because the algorithm will favor this video and channel more with the addition of my comment.

  5. I dont even bake (never did never will but i love eating cakes) but i love ur vids
    Very entertaining and informative!

  6. 4:23 Is your butter splitting? I heard somewhere that you can use icing sugar to fix that. Not sure if it is legit, though

  7. I actually heat my cakes for the shiny icing all the time. Using a blower seems bad in general, all I do is place it in a mild temp heated oven for like 15-20 seconds. The oven is pre-heated to the point that it feels nice and warm in your skin, but not burning or the 'wave' sensation of heat and switched off. The reason the icing peeled is because of the air pressure pushing it away from the impact point. The oven makes it shine evenly throughout.

  8. I don't see why not just wash and reuse the piping bags though? I bought a package of disposable bags well over a year ago and I've only touched three of them so far cuz I just wash them after. It's not that hard.

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