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Pinterest Ideas That Work: Food

Updated on August 31, 2017

I love Pinterest.com, but...

Well, some of the ideas and pictures seem a little too good to be true. Sometimes people seem to just slap up a good idea but how does it work in practice?

Here are some of my attempts to follow Pinterest suggestions!

This is the food version and I may later make more pages to try out different kinds of Pinterest ideas. Crafts, workouts, hairstyles, decor...there's plenty of material there!

The Claim:

You can indefinitely grow green onions with just a cup of water

True

Green onions don't cost that much, but it's still really cool to be able to grow my own. I tend to buy the big bunch and then most of them get limp before I can use them. With growing my own, I can take exactly the amount I want each time.

Once a week I cook a meal for friends that uses green onions and for the last four weeks, I've easily had enough to make the recipe. And they just keep growing back.

All you have to do is get a little cup of water and throw in the white root ends of some green onions. Doesn't matter if they've been in your fridge. They grow fast and you really don't have to do anything!

My Green Onions

My Green Onions
My Green Onions

The Claim:

You can make teriyaki chicken in a crock pot

False

I followed this recipe but did not get the glazed teriyaki sauce sticking to the chicken at all.

What I got was a soupy mess of falling-apart chicken that tasted just like every other crock pot chicken I've ever tried to make. Despite the teriyaki sauce poured into the pot, the chicken didn't come out with much flavor and looked nothing like the photo.

Have you tried this one?

Did you have better luck than me?

The Claim:

You can make soft serve ice cream using only bananas

True

This one blew me away. I had no idea bananas would do this!

What you do is peel and cut up bananas and freeze them in a ziploc bag. Once they are frozen, put them in a food processor and grind up for a while. Add mix-ins such as peanut butter and/or vanilla extract. Blend some more and a few minutes in it will suddenly turn super creamy and look just like soft serve!

You would think that it would taste overwhelmingly of banana, since that's pretty much the only ingredient! But with a little peanut butter and vanilla extract, it tastes really good.

I love healthy dessert!

The Claim:

You can make little mug cakes for very low calorie

True

The "zero point cake" is awesome for those of us on weight watchers. After trying a red velvet mug cake from Pinterest that turned out to be some 40 weight watchers points, I was skeptical about this one.

But it totally works!

You blend angel food cake with whatever other cake mix you want and put just three Tablespoons of the mix with two TBS of water and microwave for one minute. It makes an adorable little cake using very little of the ingredients.

We made red velvet, then we also made yellow cake and added strawberries and fat free cool whip.

My Red Velvet Cake

My Red Velvet Cake
My Red Velvet Cake

The Claim:

You can imitate a Wendy's frosty at home

False

I've now seen another way of doing this that I'm going to try, but the first pin I found that made this claim did not work out well.

It involves using a blender to make a kind of smoothie with skim milk, chocolate pudding mix, and ice. Sounded like a great idea, but when I mixed it together I ended up with a lot of ice crystals that ruined the effect.

Trying to make it lower calorie meant, for me at least, that it didn't taste like a frosty at all.

I'll be trying the other recipe, though!

Have you tried this one?

Did it work better for you?

The Claim:

Epson salt in a spray bottle with water will help pepper plants bloom

False

I have been trying to grow green peppers in my hydroponic garden. The plants were thick and luscious but they were not producing any flowers.

Then I saw on Pinterest the idea that you could mix epsom salt into water and spray on pepper plants to encourage more fruit.

We happen to have epsom salt because my fiance likes to use it in his bath. I tried it for a couple of weeks but there was no change in my plants.

There may have been other things wrong with my plants, though. I've heard they are notoriously difficult to get fruit from. Since my plants were not even producing flowers yet, you may have better luck with this tip if yours are.

Have you tried this one?

Did you do better than me?

The Claim:

You can make philly cheesesteak in a pepper instead of with bread

True

This is brilliant! These little things are seriously delicious and I'm not even that fond of cheesesteak.

I've never liked stuffed peppers either but that's because people are always stuffing bell peppers with some kind of rice/grain mixture that I don't like. Stuff them with cheesesteak and oh yes, that is much yummier!

More Ideas I Want to Try!

There's a never ending supply of interesting ideas on Pinterest!

Do you ever try the ideas you see on Pinterest?

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    • Therestlesssoul profile image

      Therestlesssoul 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I am gonna try few of these....

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: Sounds like you've got some good stories!

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      Great that you already tried some things.. so we know what works and what not.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I've had my share of Pinterest disasters.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @LUMOSE: I'm so addicted!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I must try Pinterest:)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Yes I use pinterest every day

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @promoapple: Hmmm, I'll take a look. I was thinking of doing a page for exercise ideas on Pinterest. Maybe I'll do diets at some point too.

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      promoapple 4 years ago

      Yes I do try the ideas that I see on Pinterest and would also like to refer another tip.

      www.thefatburningdiet.org/review

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Wow, those "true" ones are ones I'm going to try. I think I've known that about the green onions but forget that it can be done. Going to change that. Great job.

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      Jennifer Lawyer 4 years ago

      I am becoming a Pinterest addict! Love that you have tried out some of the Pins that I have been considering! Thanks! Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have tried the onion with success too! I love that you talked shared the success with all the other popular pinterest posts! I think the cake in a mug will be my next! Thanks!

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Interesting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That green onion idea is super cool!

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @soaringsis: With Internet recipes in general, it is a good idea to be familiar with the basics of cooking for sure!

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      chironseer 4 years ago

      interesting, I'll have to try the onions thing. Thanks

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Yes, a few. Maybe some of the recipes or instructions are not complete. Therefore, you really need to know how to adjust adjust them in order to duplicate it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have used epsom salts for my rose bushes - they like the magnesium in the salts.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I'm not on Pinterest, but I can attest that coconut whipped cream is delicious!

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      inkymama 4 years ago

      Great lens--- I have had some pin fails, too!

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      I love some of these ideas.

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, I definitely do. Most have worked out pretty well, and some of the recipes are now in my regular rotation, but a couple were pretty bad. There was a homemade goldfish cracker recipe that was a big flop. Good to know about the green onion one working. I'll have to try it!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is great that you tried all these things out for us and let us know the truth. What a time and money saver.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I did try the green onion tip and it worked.

      I have to try the banana ice cream tip

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      Cool idea. I never thought of reviewing the things I found on Pinterest.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Interesting ideas...I found several I would definitely try. I'm not that familiar with Pinterest. I'm still trying to figure out why I would need it.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @ohcaroline: It's not for everyone! There are so many different kinds of online things that you just pick the ones that make the most sense to you. I got seriously addicted to Pinterest! I LOVE it. But Tumblr makes no sense to me! lol.

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      thegreenninja 4 years ago

      Thanks - this is a great collection of Pinterest food ideas!

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      Pinterest and Squidoo, a marriage made in heaven! Thanks for sharing.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: I'm so jealous that your teriyaki worked! I wonder what I did wrong :-/

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love Pinterest - my Teriyaki crockpot chicken worked - might have been your sauce... definitely am trying Philly Cheesesteak peppers! *blessed

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      HorseAndPony LM 4 years ago

      Yes! It is my favorite thing about Pinterest. I have found so many great recipes. Some we did not like or really didn't work but I have had similar results with other online recipes and other cookbooks. I'm going to re-pin the soft serve ice cream using only bananas. I can't wait to try that one. Thanks for sharing. This is a great lens topic!