The Hydraulic Press Channel over on YouTube is the brainchild of mad genius Lauri Vuohensilta. As you’d expect from a man with such a channel, Lauri is also the proud owner of a hydraulic press, and he’s certainly not afraid to use it.
His seemingly endless videos of things getting squished by the press are weirdly satisfying, especially when accompanied by his trademark manic laughter. He’s like a James Bond villain who instead of crushing spies, smushes fruit instead.
In one of his most popular videos, Lauri crushes various types of fruit, including a pineapple, watermelon and a coconut. The result is a brilliant, delicious-looking mess. Trust me, this is one recipe video you’re bound to want to try yourself. Sadly, however, most of us don’t have a hydraulic press gathering dust in our kitchen cupboards.
In between fits of laughter, Lauri tells the camera: “You don’t need any of that slice and dice sh*t here… Just press!” Wise words there, spoken from a true genius of the internet age.
Now, if that wasn’t the best cookery class you’ve ever taken, then you clearly don’t appreciate the mystical charms of the hydraulic press video. And if that’s the case, I’m afraid we can’t be friends. Sorry about that.
However, if you really can’t get over your hatred of the hydraulic press, but still want to enjoy a delicious plant-based meal, then perhaps this selection of some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in London should be able to help you out. There’s not a press in sight, I promise.