When you spend time in the kitchen, it is always handy to have a set of tools which have multiple
uses and make life so much easier. Here are a selection of handy and affordable kitchen utensils well worthwhile investing in.
A kitchen whisk
A whisk is a kitchen utensil used to mix all different types of mixtures including sauces, batters, and even coconut milk and cream. Usually they have a metal handle and have several looped wires attached to the end, although there are several types of whisks available. The more wire loops that a whisk has, the more air can be pushed into a mixture.
The whisk basically works by creating a vacuum which then pushes air into the mixture, making it fluffier and lighter. For a long time, the whisk was only known in European kitchens. However in the 1960s, it was introduced into the US and a wide range of countries, cultures and kitchens.
This type of whisk has the largest area contained inside the metal wires. It’s used to push large amounts of air into a mixture. It’s the most commonly known and used type of whisk.
This type of whisk is used for mixing drinks, such as cocktails. It’s also known as a mini whisk or a drink whisk. It’s also an excellent tool for baristas as it can quickly and thoroughly blends in powders and sauces, plus it’s long handle allows easy use with taller cups.
This type of whisk is especially designed to mix heavy doughs. In cases where you need to mix dry & wet ingredients, the mixer helps make sure there are no lumps and that the dough has an even consistency.
After using one of these the dough should only require a small amount of kneading time.
This type of whisk is usually used in making drinks or anything in a cup or glass. The unique shape of the whisk makes it the best way to mix anything in a limited amount of space – you only need to move the whisk up and down instead of around.
A flat whisk is used for making anything in a shallow pan. It’s most often used for sauces and creams. It’s perfect for low sided bowls and saucepans to avoid messy spills and splatters.
This type of whisk is good for making sauces and anything that needs to either stay at or reach a specific temperature. The thermometer on the end gives you an accurate reading of what temperature the ingredients are at, as you mix them.
Double Balloon Whisk
This whisk, also known as a whisk with ball, is good for mixing hard to stir batters and lumpy ingredients. Examples include batters that have a lot of chunks in them such as carrot or fruit cake.
The ball whisk has no curved wires, making it good for mixing small amounts evenly and fast. The whisk is made of eleven surrounding ball weighted metal wires with one middle ball weighted wire.
This unique design whips faster than average whisks and can also reach into corners, unlike normal rounded whisks.
What’s your favourite kitchen whisk?