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

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

The internet is full of recommendations. Every day you probably come across kitchen appliances, trendy ingredients and viral recipes that are so popular you wonder if it’s worth trying. So Redditor u/rifain asked,”Which product [did] the internet hyped you to try it and what was your experience once you tried it?” This is how people reacted.


“A Kitchenaid stand mixer. I had read about it for years and as an avid baker I had longed for one. When my hand mixer finally broke I thought it was time to get one. And yes, it definitely was fantastic. I use it at least twice a 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 from Old Bay on Amazon. So far I’ve used it for ratatouille, shrimp and for 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 not interested in investing the time to learn about herbs, but it was of little value to me.


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


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


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


“Nutritional yeast. I like 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 used exclusively for popcorn spices.”


“Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise. It’s hard to find where I live because it’s so popular, but I have to admit it honestly tastes better than your generic supermarket mayonnaise.”


“I watch a lot of YouTube home cooks and the only hyped food that stands out to me is pickled red onions. So many people swear by these things, and the hype is absolutely justified, I always put them in the fridge now.”


“Everything bagel seasoning. I love it, and it’s made up of flavorful ingredients I don’t normally have on hand.”


Chili oil. Thanks to my Instagram feed, I’ve indulged in trying a bunch of different chili oils, from the Trader Joe’s version to Fly By Jing and Momofuku’s. I can honestly say this is one ingredient I can’t live without can. Just a little scoop of this stuff adds so much flavor to what I’m cooking, whether it’s plain noodles or roasted veggies.”


“A good cast iron pan. I seasoned it all over again, made a steak and immediately recognized the magic.”


“Reddit made me finally take the plunge to buy MSG. I now add it to all my home cooking and I haven’t looked back.”


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


“High quality canned fish. I have been a fan of canned fish for a long time, which is really in the spotlight thanks to TikTok. I recently splurged on high quality ingredients like tuna belly wrapped in olive oil and clams in escabeche. The taste is incredible and they make for the easiest and quickest meals when I’m in trouble.”


“Dalgona coffee, this whipped coffee drink that took over the internet. It looked good, but ended up being too sweet and airy.”


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


“The most recent ‘hyped’ product I’ve purchased is an air fryer. I have the Ninja and can confirm it’s THE BOMB.”


“That viral TikTok tomato-feta pasta. It’s now a staple in my household and one of the meals we eat alternately. It’s worth a try if you haven’t already made it!”


“A sous vide. It really cooks the best steak ever. It’s so tender. This gadget has changed the game.”


“Pretty much any recipe that got famous on social media. These things are almost never worth making. Remember those trendy cloud eggs? It was all that work for something that, well… tasted like an egg.


“Homemade pasta. I had seen people make it online and thought it would take way too much time and showing off, but man it was incredible to switch from prepackaged store bought to fresh pasta. My husband got me the Kitchenaid attachment , which makes it easy. Now I make homemade pasta on Sundays and freeze it for the week.”


“Cauliflower everything from rice and pizza crust 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.”


“Mason jar salads. Saw these on Pinterest. Sure, they look nice, but it’s horrible trying to eat a salad out of a jar. If you throw it in a bowl, you’ll have two dirty plates. It just makes a whole lot more sensible to prepare and eat your salad in a food storage container.”


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


“Overnight oats. I tried recipe after recipe after seeing these breakfasts on blogs, YouTube, TikTok, etc. IMO, they taste awful. They don’t get sticky, great for comforting. They’re slightly less dry oats in a pool of liquid and other ingredients that also get sad in the process.”


“Cookie butter. I finally tried it for the first time when I was 20. All I can say is that it might be the best invention the Belgians have ever come up with. I love using it in making desserts like cookie butter New York cheesecake with a Biscoff cookie crust.”


“An immersion blender. I don’t know how I managed without it for so long. It’s perfect for soups and sauces. You don’t have to worry about transferring food to and from a blender. With a whisk attachment, you can’ I will never mess up an emulsion again.”


“Acai. Pretty much every ‘superfood’ feels creepy, but acai has the added benefit of tasting horrible too.”

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