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BULL OR NO BULL: Testing three hacks to make cooking easier

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 10:30:08-04

Like many of you, I'm working from home to practice social distancing. Today, we're going to test out three hacks that are supposed to make cooking in the kitchen easier. I'll let you know if they're Bull or No Bull. In this case, I'd like to inform you if it's a good hack, or if it's whack!

HACK ONE: A SIMPLER WAY TO PEEL BOILED EGGS

The first hack is supposed to be a better way to peel hard-boiled eggs!

We cooked three for 12 minutes. Without cooling time, we placed one egg in a glass container with a little water, put on the lid and gave it a shake! The shell is supposed to come right off, but it didn't work!

We let the other two eggs rest in cool water for 10 minutes. Then, I repeated the same process for the other two eggs. It was time to do like The Hokey Pokey and "shake it all about!" Even with the lid on tight, some water flew out during the shaking process. However, when I opened the lid, one egg was already completely out of the shell! The other came right off with one swoop!

We didn't have to deal with tiny eggshell pieces. This hack saved a lot of time. So, this gets an EGG-cellent NO BULL!

Onto the next hack!

HACK TWO: COOK PASTA IN A SKILLET

I don't know about you, but I've always boiled my pasta in a pot. And the water always takes forever to boil! But, there's a hack that shows you can cook your pasta in a skillet with water for just 10 minutes! I'll let you know if it's legit or an impasta!

We placed spaghetti noodles into a skillet, and covered them with cold water.

It took about eight minutes before it started boiling, and then 10 minutes to cook! So, was it faster? Not really. It took 18 minutes total.

But, it was nice using fewer dishes! Instead of a strainer, we used tongs to bring the pasta out into a dish. And the leftover pasta water can help make a great homemade sauce.

So, where does this hack rank on the Bull or No Bull Meter? I'm torn on this one! I'll let you decide. Try it at home, and let me know what you think!

HACK THREE: TURN BANANAS INTO ICE CREAM

For this last hack, we are supposed to be able to turn fruit into ice cream. If this works, I will literally go bananas!

I sliced the bananas, put them on a plate, and into the freezer!

Two hours later, I took the bananas out, and put them into our high-powered blender. After pulsing and stirring, it came out to the right consistency.

You can add other ingredients to it in the blender, like sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, etc. But, we kept it simple. Our topping of choice, chocolate chips.

Some people suggest putting it back into the freezer to enjoy later. I think it would be easier to use unfrozen bananas to make and flavor your ice cream mixture, and then freeze it for an hour or two. That way, your blender can mix easier.

Regardless of the process, this hack is NO BULL!

What hacks do you want me to test? What products do you want me to try before you buy? Email me!