How to Choose the Right Whisk for Your Recipe

Which whisk will work with which dish? Wonder no more.

You will need

  • A mixing task
  • An assortment of whisks

Step 1 Determine your whisk needs Look at the recipe and find out what ingredients you will be mixing. Different ingredients require different whisks.

Step 2 Use a French whisk Use the tear-shaped French whisk for a multitude of tasks from mixing and deglazing to emulsifying and beating.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 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.

Step 5 Use a vinaigrette whisk Use the small vinaigrette whisk for small jobs, such as dipping sauces, vinaigrettes, scrambled eggs, or even mixing drinks.

Step 6 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.

Step 7 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.