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You Will Need
- A mixing task
- An assortment of whisks
Determine your whisk needs
Look at the recipe and find out what ingredients you will be mixing. Different ingredients require different whisks.
Use a French whisk
Use the tear-shaped French whisk for a multitude of tasks from mixing and deglazing to emulsifying and beating.
Choose a balloon
Choose a balloon whisk for incorporating air into meringues, souffles, and whipped cream. It's also good for mixing dry ingredients like flour, baking soda, and baking powder to break up chunks.
Pick a ball or flat whisk
Pick a ball whisk, which has tiny weighted balls on straight tines, if you're making gravies or sauces, such as a roux or a beurre blanc. A flat whisk, which can cover large shallow surfaces of roasting pans and skillets, is also ideal.
Use a vinaigrette whisk
Use the small vinaigrette whisk for small jobs, such as dipping sauces, vinaigrettes, scrambled eggs, or even mixing drinks.
Choose a silicone whisk
Choose a silicone-wrapped whisk if you have a lot of non-stick pans. A silicone whisk will prevent scratches. They're also easier to clean than stainless steel.
Use a dough whisk
Use the aptly named dough whisk, which has a single coil in a flat spiral, for mixing batters and stiff dough.