Whisk: My New Best Friend

04 Apr

Certainly, I would think someone strange for saying they have a favorite cooking utensil, yet undeniably, I adore one above all others.

The utensil in question is the whisk.

In my younger years, I really wasn’t aware of all the wonderful things the whisk could do, and my mother, never one to cook often, didn’t often employ the use of the whisk.

A kitchen whisk is primarily used to beat eggs and to combine sauces. Today, in fact, I had to prepare a cheese sauce, and the whisk worked magic in combining the roux and the cheese.

When one whisks a sauce or cream, not only are the ingredients more thoroughly combined, but air is also added, which expands the ingredients.

More than anything, whisking eggs is just plain fun. Beyond that, there’s nothing better than putting together a sauce, beating it furiously, and then watching as the sauce drips off the whisk.

Beaten eggs work much better for omelettes and scrambled eggs than trying to bust the egg once its already in the pan.

For sauces, the whisk does a better job at mixing the ingredients than if one were to simply use a spoon- the whisk folds things together.

Apparently, different kinds of whisks exist. The kind with which I’m familiar resemble the one shown above in the picture.

So remember- if you want perfect eggs, you need to whisk them before adding them to the skillet, and sometimes things won’t mix properly without using a whisk to combine them.

Happy dining, and happy beating those eggs!


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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in food


2 responses to “Whisk: My New Best Friend

  1. Van Tilden

    April 6, 2010 at 4:22 am

    im not sure i have a favorite kitchen utensil actually hmmm….

    possibly the pasta maker because it requires little cleaning.

    but i dislikes whisks, not because i dislike using them…but because i despise washing them lol. i am LAZY LAZY LAZY
    and i hate washing dishes above all chores. i:d rather clean the toilet.

    • enamouredslave

      April 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      A pasta maker might be nice to have- are you speaking of a pasta maker that actually produces the noodles and such? I would adore one of those if I could get my hands on it.

      Some kinds of whisks don’t actually have the bent-metal shape- they end as little balls, which makes it extremely easy to clean them.

      Certainly I doubt that you’re nearly as lazy as you say- you’ve detailed on your blog before the number of things you have to do on a daily basis.


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