Cooking for oneself can be a fun and adventurous activity. For most, though, cooking can be a daunting task. How much of this or that or the other thing do I use? How long do I cook a chicken breast or a lamb shank or a lasagna? That’s why there are some simple meals that have become Americans staples that almost everyone can make. One such meal is a grilled cheese sandwich. Everyone loves a great grilled cheese sandwich at any time of the year. It can be whipped up in just a few minutes, and it’s fun for all ages. One TikTok user, however, took her grilled cheese-making to the next level. The woman, Donna Bonnana, decided to share her husband’s trick for flipping a grilled cheese in the pan along the vein of “life hack” videos. While many people would confidently say that they already know how to best flip a grilled cheese, this TikToker’s trick is a must-try for anyone that wants the least messy grilled cheese possible.
Her husband wanted the video to be like one of those “I was today years old” videos where watchers learn a lifehack that is so simple yet no one had thought of previously. In the video, the husband is cooking a grilled cheese sandwich in small frying pan. When it comes time to flip the grilled cheese, he places his spatula under the sandwich. However, instead of flipping the sandwich, he lifts the pan and places the cooking surface onto the top of the sandwich. He then flips the pan and places it back on the stove, effectively flipping the sandwich. The benefit of this approach, they say, is that it allows the sandwich to be flipped without making a mess or having the contents of the grilled cheese spilled out into the pan.
The internet was amazed by the video and by the life hack. The video has over 3.7 million views and 410,000 likes on TikTok. Many commenters on the video wanted to see more hacks from the couple. How he peels a banana, puts toothpaste on his toothbrush, etc. Others were not so impressed, saying that the “trick” is really no trick at all. They say that flipping the pan is an unnecessary step. Some wondered whether flipping a grilled cheese was ever even a problem that needed to be solved. Others countered by saying that the new method would in fact be better if one wished to put messy ingredients in their grilled cheese, like tomato or bacon. Others were still skeptics. For one, they said, this would be unwise to do if there was oil still in the pan when flipping it. Obviously, oil plus fire would present a rather bad problem for someone’s kitchen. So, the jury is still out on whether this “hack” is a life hack at all or just a clever trick to make a viral video. What is certain, though, is that this grilled cheese method has brought out quite the internet debate.