Chemistry Life Hacks (Vol. 1)

This week Reactions is bringing you some chemistry life hacks! Science can help you cure bitter coffee, ripen your bananas quickly, breathe life back into stale cookies, and remove rust from cast iron.

0:16 – Cure bitter coffee
0:54 – Ripen your bananas overnight
1:30 – Bring life back into stale cookies
2:03 – Remove rust from cast iron

Check out our debut Reactions video to find easy chemistry-fueled solutions for everyday dilemmas, plus more useful tips to improve your life dramatically (OK, maybe just a little bit).

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Video directed and produced by Kirk Zamieroski
Co-directed by Adam Dylewski
Produced by the American Chemical Society

Roberto Daglio – Bibossa – Provided by Jamendo



42 responses to “Chemistry Life Hacks (Vol. 1)”

  1. Ginny Jolly Avatar

    You can ripen bananas in most any bag, and you can do it with any ripe fruit.

  2. Ginny Jolly Avatar

    After you treat your cast – iron skillet with Coca – Cola (which you shouldn't because it erodes the iron and can cause more iron to be exposed to even more rust from being exposed to air), you better season your skillet with animal fat.

    Animal fat like lard or bacon grease creates a barrier to oxygen and prevents rust.

    Wipe the entire clean skillet down with a coat of animal fat and put in oven face down on the rack. Use a pan to catch any drips. Put oven on 250°F for a half hour, remove, and wipe down with a paper towel to remove excess fat.

    Don't use vegetable oil for this; it will make the skillet sticky.

    The blacker your skillet, the better it cooks, and the better seasoning is on it.

    I haven't used a cast – iron skillet in a long time. I prefer my steel – clad steel pots and pans. Great heat distribution; excellent cleanup; no seasoning necessary.

  3. Frank Reading Avatar

    Another great trick is to not leave your skillet sitting in water for hours, and properly season (coat with a thin layer of oil, and heat til all the liquid smokes off, leaving a dry coating, repeat two or three times) before looking after that hard, glossy black coating by a) using enough oil when cooking, b) cleaning the skillet by adding a splash of water while still hot, blasting the remaining food off with steam, and c) smearing the pan with oil on a paper towel before putting away.

    As long as I don't fuck up any of those basic procedures, my pan has remained flawless, black and shiny. If the seasoning wears away in places, just heat the clean, oiled pan up again to cook on another layer of seasoning (polymerised triglycerides).

  4. Pamela H Avatar

    Yeesh. Looking at the Coke compounds, it occurs to me many of us drink soda like it's water. Can't imagine that being good for your insides.

  5. Jerel March Avatar

    My mom told me cookie one lol

  6. Kröger och crewet Avatar

    Am i the only who find this music very similar to the Pokémon games on nintendo?

  7. Mr. Muscles Avatar

    Who else is here for a science project

  8. ephoenix7 Avatar

    Where is the music from?

  9. Castille Augustin Avatar

    And that's why I don't drink pop. It's all bad for you.
    But other than that, cool video!! Very informative! 😀

  10. Kabeer Jay Avatar

    Here in India, we hate soft or chewy cookies.

  11. Nuhella Avatar

    Thumb up for science 😉

  12. Kenny Gates Avatar

    Fine Bros are gonna copyright this whole channel!

  13. Dale Avatar

    Bless yous

  14. Cognitively Advanced Zygote Avatar

    Although, unripe bananas contain a high amount of tryptophan, so if you're depressed, try eating them on a regular basis.

  15. AnCap Roboticist Avatar

    I like my bitter coffee the way it is…but thanks.

  16. Katarina Pavlić Avatar

    I want to know which elements combine everything around me, the nature, everyday objects…Where can I ever get that information?

  17. FeelingShred Avatar

    Where I live is too damn cold, coffee always gets cold before I finish drink it, but if I heat it too much it will taste like dogshit, any solution coffee addicts?

  18. Horkfull Avatar

    The saddest story is that bananas contain a little bit Pottasium-44 which is a little bit radioavtive :(.

  19. violin Avatar

    Once I tried putting salt in coffee instead of sugar to see if it would taste yummy like sugar, except the opposite, BUT IT SUCKED mostly because i put too much in by accident 🙁 lol

  20. Misterious Avatar

    My teacher will be proud

  21. Chaz Madge Avatar

    It not trying to ripe bananas it STOPPING them going ripe toooo Fast

  22. Patti Fraser Avatar

    as a kid I found grapefruit to bitter so I would put salt on it — I don't remember how I ever started

  23. Michele W Avatar

    Cast iron:  I use a razor blade on mine, same type I use to clean my smooth top range.  If you put coke in your cast iron, spray it with Pam cooking spray before storing to keep it from rusting.  Before using again, put water in the skillet and bring it to a boil, then dump out the water and wipe with a paper towel — this keeps really old rancid Pam from gunking up the taste of your food.

  24. Luis Avila Avatar

    I love my cookies hard I even put my chocolate chip kookies in the freezer they taste better that way to me weird but that's my way of eating cookies

  25. Emilio Castellanos Avatar

    Adding a pinch of Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) keeps my veggies looking green, specially when steaming or boiling them.

  26. Shralla Avatar

    The salt thing has saved many a Denny's coffee in the wee hours of the morning.

  27. Artifex 28 Avatar

    In Finland the issue with most of the cookies is that instead of staying hard, they mush and turn soft. I like my cookies crispy and cracking. So how to achieve the exact opposite reaction? 🙂

  28. ItsThat01Guy Avatar

    And here I had just been looking up ways to get rust off of a cast iron skillet

  29. KelsaRavenlock Avatar

    Using coke to clean rust and fruit in a bag seem a bit basic and common knowledge to call a life hack kinda like 7 up to clean a driveway or a chocolate to polish metal it's something everyone does already though I'll be sure to remember the salt if I ever get stuck with coffee from starbucks

  30. Jesse Gilbride Avatar

    I suspect most people who cook with cast iron do it for health, and likely don't drink much coke for the same reason.

  31. SuperChopstiks Avatar

    Awesome. I found a rusty cast iron skillet under the stove.

  32. Josh Deffenbaugh Avatar

    Chemistry life hack, hmm let me think about this…. BREAKING BAD

  33. n2ziastka Avatar

    oh, dear god, my k-cup coffee now taste like it's from starbucks, WOW!

  34. Candice Blair Avatar

    chewing gum doesn't make you cry

  35. michael malkowski Avatar

    You don't evdn need to put the Tomatoes in with the Bananas, just put them in a brown paper bag, but be warned they ripen really fast this way.

  36. xja85mac Avatar

    Funny how that salt tricks works the other way around for espresso/mocha as it gives it a lighter colour and an awful taste.

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