We all know that very often social media spreads fake news, but how about fake videos? My facebook page likes to suggest viral cooking or growing videos to me. I watched them if it’s about making vegan food or growing vegetables. But there’s one day I was puzzled - how can they grow tomatoes but end up with mint sprouts? Then I realized it’s a fake video. I tried to follow a video recipe step by step but ended up with a fiasco. Does this also happen to you?
In the tomato growing video there’s a lot of false information. First they cut tomatoes into pieces and bury them under dirt for growing. So the tomato will grow, right? The fact is it’s not so simple to grow tomatoes. First you need to get the seed true to the type. If you just use any tomatoes from the supermarket, and use the seeds from that fruit very often you won’t get the tomatoes you desired. This is because those commercial breed tomatoes are from ‘F1 hybrid seeds’. According to the website gardeningknowhow.com an F1 hybrid seed ‘refers to the selective breeding of a plant by cross pollinating two different parent plants.’ The result is that you can’t use your saved seeds from the supermarket to grow a plant (unless they are heirloom). They won’t be true to the type. So if they want to teach people how to grow tomatoes or vegetables, they should tell people to get the right seeds first.
I already forgot where that video came from. But I remember that they showed growing tomatoes twice. After burying the seeds under dirt, they give water and it’s mint which sprouts. I grow tomatoes for several years so I know what the tomatoes’ sprouts look like. But what are those innocent people going to feel if they think it’s so easy and want to duplicate the result? It’s very simple to get tomato seeds, you can easily buy them from the shop or order it online. And there are hundreds or even thousands of them. But of course if you show people this, this video won’t get viral.
I also saw a video showing growing mushrooms. I am thinking about growing mushrooms for years, but I’ve only bought the growing kits once. I had a good harvest, but I can’t say that I have the know-how about growing it. In that video, they cut king oyster mushrooms, and put them on top of growing dirt and then cover them with recycled paper. They then gave water. Then the video shows that a lot of mushrooms are growing and they have nice harvest.
Wow, I want to try this. I saved the video. And watch it again. What I don’t understand is how comes those ‘king oyster mushrooms’ they harvest are much smaller. I checked the comment, then I read ‘you grow king oyster mushrooms and harvest oyster mushrooms’. So that video is fake. I discussed with my husband how can they fake that? My husband said maybe they just use the growing kits.
My husband then told me that a lot of those viral video are fake. And there’s a Youtube channel which debunked those fake videos. We watched some of them. I think if people grow tomatoes wrongly or grow king oyster mushrooms without the result, it’s purely a waste of time. The most horrible thing is sometimes those fake video cost people’s lives. There are a lot of videos on Youtube teaching people how to make popcorn with an alcohol lamp and a soda can. Some innocent kids imitated it, one died and one is seriously burnt.
Just some days ago, I saw a cooking video using an air fryer to cook broccoli. It’s very simple. We have an air fryer. And at home we always have some broccoli. In that video it shows that you just need to fry it at 200 degrees C or 390 degrees F for 15 minutes. When it’s 10 minutes, you have to turn them a bit and then fry for another 5 minutes.
I was very happy to try this as I know oven baked broccoli is very delicious, must be the same from the air fryer. I followed the instruction completely. I fried them at 200 degrees C for 15 minutes. 10 minutes later, I went to turn the food and those broccoli looked fantastic. But 5 minutes later, they are all burnt. We can’t eat them at all. I don’t understand why the video shows 15 minutes, but I burnt my foods. I think I will try again next time to just fry for 7- 10 minutes.
Well here below you’ll find the recipe that really works. In this recipe we used basil and parsley. The weight of them includes the stem.
Mushrooms 350 g
Basil 10 g sliced
Parsley 10 g sliced
Vegan butter 15 – 20 g
Olive oil 1 tbsp
Cooking/ Rice wine 4 tbsp
Salt 1/3 tsp
Black pepper 1/3 tsp
Bouillon stock 1/3 tsp
Wipe the mushrooms with baby wipes.
Put vegan butter in the frying pan, and add some olive oil. Wait until the butter gets melted. Put the mushrooms in the frying pan, and stir a bit. Now add the cooking wine to the frying pan. Simmer for about 1 minute. Add salt, black pepper and bouillon stock to the frying pan. Stir them. Finally add basil and parsley.