The Basics: How To Choose A Whisk

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Whisks come in all sorts of sizes & many varieties from which to choose as they are designed for very specific tasks. Ultra small classic shaped whisks are ideal for emulsifying small batch salad dressings & marinades perfect for beef cuts such as skirt steak & flank steak while ballon whisks are great for incorporating air into egg whites, batters & custards. Flat whisks are often used when preparing a roux whether it be for a blonde béchamel or when a deep, rich gumbo is in order as the quick motion over the pan bottom keeps the mixture consistent in coloration & texture thus preventing it from burning. A spring or coil whisk is ideal for beverages & blending cocktails in particular while ball whisks are perfect to use when making many classic egg dishes ranging from a basic scramble to tempting omelets. Learn how to select an all purpose style whisk & the variety of tasks for which it may be used. 

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How To Choose A Whisk

You should first consider the tasks you wish to be able to accomplish in the kitchen when choosing the right style of whisk. I have three  types of whisks that I reach for almost daily for a variety of different applications. A miniature whisk, a medium-sized ballon whisk & a French whisk. I use a French whisk the most as it’s ideal for blending melted chocolate as well as simple dry ingredients such as flour, salt & leavening when preparing cookie dough, cake batter & for bread baking. However, once batters are created avoid using it as primary mixing tool as dough can get trapped in the narrow spaces. Switch to a ballon style whisk or in many instances a rubber spatula to finish the job. 

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A French whisk may also be used to prepare small batch sauces & gravies due to the narrow spaces of the tool. Allow the butter to melt, then whisk in the flour until a smooth consistency has been a achieved. Continue moving the ingredients around the pan with the whisk in order to promote an even coloration. When adding liquids, do so in gradual increments. Add 1/3 of the amount in at a time, then whisk vigorously in order to be certain a smooth texture is created. 

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