Welcome to HowToCookThat I’m Ann Reardon and
this is Dave Reardon … and today we are going to do another ‘Clever or Never’ video
for you. You guys enjoyed the last one and said could
I do another one and you loved Dave so much, so I have brought him back to test 5 more
kitchen gadgets. This is not his normal area of expertise as
you know, he used to be a journalist, he’s a writer, he’s written The Deep Enders, he’s
a great guy. Yep. Well, yep! What else can you say? So what’s our first gadget? Our first gadget is a batter dispenser… A batter dispenser, what does that do? It dispenses batter. Yes it does dispense batter! Ok so what this gadget is supposed to do is
you’re supposed to pour batter in and then it’s got a little lever on the side. And when you pull it, it opens at the bottom. And when you let go, it closes so you can
just pour out a little bit of batter at once. This is obviously going to only work for runny
type batters, so we’ve got some pancake batter. Do you want to tip that in for us? Sure. Right here. And we’ve got a fry pan. Do I tip it in there? Yes tip it all in there and hopefully it doesn’t
leak out the bottom because we haven’t tested any of these gadgets before. Ok. Ooh, I made a mess. Put the lid on. Alright so give it a go, we just want a little
bit in the bottom of the pan. Ok, what am I making? Crepes. Like the hundred layers of crepes cake. Oooh le crepe. Oh not that much. Well it did work, it just let a little bit
out. Sorry it’s more of a pancake. It’s more of a pancake than a crepe but that’s
fine. That’s very good. Now we actually have another gadget that’s
going to work with crepes as well, not with that much crepe batter, maybe a little bit
less. But this does seem to work anyway, look … open
… close. Open … close. Open … close. So it works for letting a little bit, whether
you can just get the right amount out, you might have to do it very quick. And it’s working, that’s pretty cool. And then you don’t get a mess even when you
put it down. There’s nothing there, that was from us before,
that’s not from this. So that’s pretty cool, let me know what you
think – do you think it’s Clever or Never? What do you think? I think it’s okay … not sure … like what’s
the difference between that And that? Because, look you do it and now it’s dripping
down here and then you put it here. Sure. And now it’s going to drip all the way down
onto the counter. Okay, that’s why you have cloths though. To wipe it clean? Yeah. But also if you’re doing, if you had a runny
cake batter, and you’re doing it across 12 different things, you don’t want to drip it
across from one to the next to the next. It’s good for that too. Sure, clever? I think it’s clever, you would never use it. No, definitely not. But I think it’s clever. This is another gadget that I have, which
is a spreader for spreading out pancake mixture so you can spread it out smoothly. If I was making the 100 layers crepe cake,
I would use this one. I would not make 100 crepes again without
one of those, I think that was good. And that was also very good for that but whether
I would use it often because I don’t often make 100 layers. I don’t know, let me know in the comments
if it’s clever for the batter dispenser and the pancake spreader. Next we have Perfect Roll Sushi. Which should probably be Perfect Sushi Roll,
I just think it got a bit lost in translation. Konnichiwa
Take this out Okay, let’s have a look
This looks interesting. Okay so usually you use a whole sheet but
we’ve got to cut it to a suitable width and length to match our machine. It says put in your rice, vegetables, beef,
fish and favourite ingredients into the sushi machine. Then take hold of the shelf to head with hard
pull! Take hold fo the shelf to head hard pull,
that’s what it says! There are people all over Japan right now
that are laughing us. Sorry. It’s quite simple, it says. It is quite simple. So simple that we can’t figure it out. Ahh. Pull, pull, pull, pull, pull. Oh yeah, this is good! Ok … I can see air through it. Yep, is that not … that’s not perfect is
it? No. Do you want to try again? Yes. Okay so Dave is going to use this Perfect
Roll Sushi and I’m going to use this perfect bamboo mat. And we’re going to race and see which one’s
better. Now to be fair, I made 2 huge platters of
sush last night using this. And I made none! And Dave’s never made sushi before so it could
be a little bit unfair but I think it’s going to probably be better than if we swap because
this is a bit tricky if you’ve never used it. Ok so, are you ready? I’m ready, I’m ready. Get set, go. Wetting my hands, getting some rice. Spreading it out. You have to use wet hands or the rice sticks
to your fingers. I don’t have to because I’m using the hygienic
Perfect Roll Sushi machine. Yeah, you’ve also got a spoon, this great
device called a spoon. But I need to flatten out my rice. I’ve probably got a bit much rice because
I’m rushing. Put some carrot. It’s a very hands on meal. Chicken. Okay now roll mine around. I’m definitely the worst! What just happened? I had a malfunction … I think the electrics
on it have gone wrong. You go back to yours, I’m doing this. Mine’s done already. Ok, alright! Roll it up, there we go… Hands off! You did it. Look at that. Yay! First try! Very good, ok now what do you think? Clever or Never? I reckon with a big of practice, for a novice
like me, this could be quite clever. Could be quite clever. If this came full length. If this came the length of that, then I might
use it. It’s that it only makes a third of a sheet
that’s the issue for me. Let me know what you think in the comments
below, Clever or Never for the … was it called Perfect …
Perfect Roll Sushi. Perfect Roll Sushi, let us know. Next we have this gadget. Do you know what it does? It’s uh … no. Any guesses? It’s um … something with your hair? It’s a kitchen gadget. Oh, I think it’s probably something to do
with pie. Something to do with pastry? I know your really like apple pie, I wanted
to do apple and cherry so I can show the colours. So this has little circles that are incomplete
so that as we roll it, it should make a pattern. So roll, roll, roll, roll, roll, roll, roll,
roll. I’ve never done this before but I think it’s
going to work. We are going to flip this over. Do you want to move the pie over a bit. Yep. Onto the pie. And then I’m going to peel off the Glad wrap. And then we are going to stretch it out a
bit … see that. Oh lattice! Did you expect that to happen? I didn’t, that is actually very clever. But I’ve got to pull it out a bit more. I don’t think I pressed hard enough in the
middle! It hasn’t cut all the way through. Trying to press hard enough to make sure we
get all the way to the bottom. CRACK! Not too hard. Wow. Let’s just cut that bit 🙂
I don’t thing this is sharp enough to cut all the way through. What if we cut but I guess that defeats the
purpose of having a gadget. I think it’s clever, the whole concept is
clever and I’ve seen ones before that are made of metal and they work beautifully but
this one unfortunately is not strong enough to do the job. So that’s a pain, I really wanted a nice pretty
pie. We’ll just have to eat it anyway. Yeah we’ll have to bake it anyway, I’ll try
and get it as repaired as I can and we’ll put it in the oven. Even though I pushed down on it as I rolled,
which hurt my hand, it still didn’t cut through the pastry properly. So for me, this one is a Never but the same
design in maybe metal or something stronger would be Clever. I like it, let me know what you think in the
comments below. It still looks ok though and would you like
some pie? I would love a piece of pie. Let’s eat some pie! This one, I’m really excited about. This is an ice cream sandwich maker. And you like ice cream sandwiches. I love ice cream sandwiches. So what’s in the box … there’s a spatula,
a recipe book which I’ve made the batter according to their directions. And this! Hmm, which is cool. It says in the directions to put a tablespoon
of batter into each of these, now we are going to put them on a tray because I don’t fancy
trying to get that into the oven without spilling it otherwise. So we’ll just put a tablespoon in each and
maybe if you can spread it. It says to make sure you don’t get it out
of the mould, so you’ve got to keep it in the mould section. I’ll do my best. I think we are going to have way too much
batter. I don’t know why it made us make so much batter
if we don’t need that much. There we go, I think we’re ready. Ok, so that’s just got to go in the oven to
bake and once it’s baked, we’ll come back and read the next step. So they’re baked and we’ve cooled them in
the fridge like it said so they’re cold to the touch. Now the top and bottom are exactly the same
and we have to click this in. And now we are supposed to “smoosh” these
full of ice cream. That’s not a word. It’s a made up word it’s a ‘my’ word. Smoosh is a good word. It should be in the dictionary I think … can
you push it down using that? Yep. Just because you’re the journalist it doesn’t
mean you get to not let me make up words. Who made up words a lot? Dr Seuss. Dr Seuss, what a genius! I like Dr Seuss books. What’s your favourite word? ZizzaZazzaZuzz. You know what mine is? What? Lugubrious! Lugubrious. Do you know what lugubrious means, I do. Do you know what lugubrious means? If you know what it means put it in the comments
below. Looking good. Ok now we have to … I think if we flip this
one they will all fall out so I think we have to flip this one onto that one and then use
your muscles again to join them together. So now we have to put that in the freezer
for at least an hour it says and then come back and eat them. It has been about 3 hours and it feels pretty
cold. So apparently what we have to do is peel off
the top. And then flip it over and peel off the other
side, I don’t know how you get them out of the middle though. And then we have to push them out I assume. No I can’t do it, your turn muscles. I wonder if we run a knife around the edge
first if that will be easier to get it out. Let’s eat some. Maybe you’re meant to wait for it to melt
a little bit, a fraction. Hmm, they’re good. What do you think, Clever or Never? Clever, good. And they taste good. They don’t look quite perfect but we might
have overloaded them a bit with ice cream. So there you have it, that’s 5 new gadgets
reviewed for you. Let me know in the comments below which ones
you thought were Clever and which ones you would Never use and they’d just clutter up
your drawer. Some of today’s ones I would use again. Yep, you probably would, I don’t think I would. I would but some of them I wouldn’t so let
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100 thoughts on “5 KITCHEN GADGETS CLEVER OR NEVER? How To Cook That Ann Reardon

  1. smush or smoosh[ smoo sh ]SHOW IPA


    verb (used with object) Informal.

    to mash or push, especially to push down or in; compress:

    to smush a pie in someone's face.

  2. If pancake or crepe batter is the right consistency, it spreads itself out and levels itself. You don’t need a tool to spread it.

  3. Maybe the sushi one, but I'd rather learn how to use the bamboo mat! There's just something about the simplicity of the bamboo mat! Everything else is just stuff I wouldn't buy…if I bought every tiny kitchen gadget that was of some use but not much and only in certain circumstances…then I would have trouble finding them when I actually needed them…and let's not talk about if I even remember I have them in the first place! Simple is better. Mhmhm.

    The pattern roller would be a life saver to someone like me who draws lines crooked…haha!

  4. Disliked because of the Marker on the cardboard in between gadgets. Ugh. I'm new to the channel so I hope this isnt a reaccurring thing.

  5. I know this is an old video, but the batter dispenser I've always used it to skim fat.
    Pour the stock in, let it settle then just open the bottom and stop when you get to the fat at the top.
    Never seen it used for batter though! Haha.

  6. There's something really soothing and fun about your videos that keeps me coming back even though I'm not someone who is confident to bake/cook. Maybe one day I'll get the courage but for now, I just love watching your channel.

  7. I would use the batter dispenser, pancake spreader, and possibly the ice cream sandwich thing if I had a couple of them so I could make a few batches for parties. I would never use the sushi roller or the latace thing.

  8. Clever, clever, never, never, and never. I like the ice cream sandwich maker but as an American I can get an ice cream sandwich at any store or gas station. Yeup, to much work for this lazy American. Just recently found your channel and I love it!

  9. I wish Shawn and I had fun together like you guys do..you mesh so well with one another..I’m missing out ?

  10. Lugubrious———>> when you sound down in the dumps/sad

    Sounds more upbeat than what it actually means sorry if I dashed the hopes that it meant something amazing.

  11. I want to see them try that sushi bazooka that Tyler and Saf tried (idk if they have but if not I think they’d find I intriguing at least)

  12. The pancake spreader I have seen a longer version used as a crepe spreader. By a professional chef who makes crepes fast

  13. With the ice cream sandwich maker, run hot water quickly over the indentation around the white bit while the lids are still on. This will loosen up the ice cream.

  14. Gadget 2 isn't necessarily a gadget, it's a basic utensil in a crêperie (a crêpe restaurant, it's à French thing). I have friends who have a crepe iron and they also own like 2 of those

  15. Y'all are all talking about the crepe stuff, but is no one actually going to mention the fact that they put chicken in sushi?

  16. not a fan of cage cutters, plastic or metal. generally you only want to cut half to 1/3 the width you actually need for the pie, but you have to stagger your rolling by going back and forth in small portions without lifting for it to be truely effective. I prefer though just making a lattice by hand.

  17. I’m watching all of your videos and you are just so insanely knowledgeable and talented and I’m in awe lol

  18. You could have used the batter dispenser thing to poor the chocolate batter into the ice cream sandwich mold hahahahaha

  19. Bonjour , the Pancake spreader is original from France, we use it to make very thin crêpes on a special hot plate . That's not a real gadget, it belongs to the French kitchen . Love your videos . Greetings from Paris/France

  20. I think the batter dispenser is clever, especially if you're making a lot of something. If I was just making a few pancakes or cupcakes I probably wouldn't use it because it's probably a little hard to clean. If I was making dozens of pancakes for an event I think it'd work pretty well.

    Sushi roller is probably a never for me.

    the dough cutter would be clever if it didn't fall apart so easily.

    That ice cream sandwich maker looks pretty cleaver too.

  21. I've had that sushi roller for years now (gift form mom) and never used it. Fun to see you guys try it out even if it was 3 years ago. Sadly never gonna use it I think. I see no point in cutting the wakame sheet when I can just make a full roll of maki. It's probably gonna sat in the wardrobe.

  22. I dont think I have EVER seen chicken in a sushi roll. I hope you try to metal pie cutter one day so we can see how it works 🙂

  23. I like the first one, the second maybe, if I had a.big flat crepe pan. The third andfourth ones – I'd save my money. The final one, I think, might be okay for the culinarily challenged, whose idea of baking is opening a package of Pillsbury cookie dough. I'd rather cut out my own biscuits, bake them and fill them with ice cream.

  24. You & your husband are so cute together. Me & mine are dying to get out of the USA & at least visit Australia if not stay a while.
    I do think the clever or never videos are some of your best… just my opinion but I do enjoy all of your videos so pls don’t take offense.

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