How many whisks does one kitchen need?

summary: we each have our favourite whisks (click on image(s) to see larger view and more photos)

whisks In February, I was raving about our knife block and how we each had our favourite knives. It is the same story with whisks.

We have a number of whisks, although not quite as many whisks as we do knives. They are in various parts of the kitchen, one hanging with the pots on the wall, two in the cup on the stove and two in a drawer with a jumble of wooden and slotted spoons, egg lifters and ladles.

I use the littlest one most often: for whisking yeast into water.

I almost never use the one with the white handle. But it is T’s favourite whisk and is pretty much the only one he uses. Because it is starting to break, a while back, I gave him the shiny new whisk on the far edge of the board. Bzzzzzzt!!! Too heavy. (We really should give it away – nobody is using that particular whisk and it just takes up drawer space.)

For ages, my favourite whisk for beating more than one egg (when making brownies or popovers) has been the beautifully shaped whisk with steel balls. I always think it should be hanging in an art gallery when it’s not whisking eggs. It is a little heavy and on the noisy side (I kind of like the jangling though). T is adamantly opposed to it; he prefers the standard style of whisk, even though we have done tests to prove that this one beats eggs to the light frothy stage faster.

whisk But this little spiral whisk has been in the cup on the stove beckoning to me for a couple of months.

I confess that until a couple of days ago, I’d never used it. I picked it up because I liked the way it looked. It is so springy.

Then, the other day when I was making date bread, I suddenly decided to try it out.

And it is now my favourite whisk for beating eggs! It’s light-weight, very fast and really easy to use. Not to mention that it’s a breeze to wash. Even without the aid of an electronic dishwasher….

whisk I can’t wait to see how well it works for making popovers!

And you? How many whisks do you have? Do you have a favourite? Do you keep any simply as decorations?

Speaking of popovers, I’m amazed that we’ve never taken any photos of our popovers. Remind me to remedy that. I must make popovers soon!

 

 

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  • Interesting … now I’d like to try that spiral.

    edit 14 November: It really is pretty wonderful. I used it again yesterday to beat the egg before adding it to cookie dough. What a joy it is to use! -ejm

  • Very fun, and I have been eyeing those whisks with the steel balls for a while now so I guess I must get one!

    You must, Kalyn, you must. ;-) When you do, make sure to get the smaller rather than the larger one. We had a larger one before inheriting the smaller one. I found that the large one was a little hard on the wrist. -Elizabeth

  • Patricia

    We have one whisk. It’s the kind with the steel balls on the ends of the sticks. I love the way it mixes dry ingredients and the way it mixes eggs and I like the angle on it. There’s nothing I don’t like about that whisk. I don’t even mind the jangly sound it makes when I make gravy.

    Oooh!! I never thought of using a whisk to mix dry ingredients! Good idea, Patricia! -Elizabeth

  • My favorite is one from the company that makes the fancy dutch ovens – le Cruset or something like that…it was a gift. It has a weighted handle and the wire is covered with silicone so you can use it with non-stick pans and for really hot things like spun sugar. It’s my favorite for mixing up the feeding mixture to keep my sourdough going. I also have a rainbow colored one. Since I love color it’s fun to use, even though it doesn’t perform as well as the weighted on. I also have a tiny one which I used today to whisk powdered sugar into hot milk to make a glaze…it was a small amount of glaze so the tiny one worked well. Also have one that looks a bit like your heavy one, but has a lighter handle and fewer wires…great for combining different kinds of flour for bread baking. Now I’ll think about asking for one of those that has the ball at the end of the wire…sound like a great whisk!

    I’ve seen those silicon ones, Elle, and wondered what they were like to use. I didn’t really want one until you mentioned “spun sugar”. -Elizabeth

  • I went and counted – I have 14!
    2 silicone-coated ones – which I use all the time. Also, they are orange. That makes me happy.
    2 Danish bread dough ones, 1 large and 1 small – that I rarely use.
    2 ball ones – 1 with black balls and one all stainless steel.
    1 plate whisk (flattish)
    1 little one like your egg one.
    1 odd silicone coated spiral plate whisk from IKEA that is too awkward to use much.
    And assorted other regular whisks in various sizes.

    14!!!! Ha!! You win, Natashya! -Elizabeth

  • So funny. I’ve got a thing for whisks, too, although I don’t have nearly as many. Function is beauty. :)