Popular kitchen hack videos rack up millions and billions of views on YouTube and Facebook. They’re surprising! They’re fun to watch! And they look pretty easy to do. But beware: Not all of these ideas, tips, and tricks actually work.
In the video above, BBC Click reporter Chris Fox tries to recreate these recipes step-by-step. His conclusion, backed up by food scientist Ann Reardon: Some of these viral kitchen hacks are fake. Or perhaps the video creators are misleading viewers around the globe by not be showing every step.
A note on that popcorn hack: You can microwave corn and get popcorn, but the cob needs to be dried. We tried it and it works. Watch this video to learn how.
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