4.25.2013

How to Master Your Kitchen

After a two-week hiatus, my How to Master Your Kitchen series is back and today I am talking whisks. 
Why am I doing this series again? When you go to work, you have certain tools that help you to better do your job, and if you didn't have those tools, doing your work would be much more difficult. The same goes with the kitchen, having the right tools will help you prepare meals and make it easier. The previous installments in this series are stand mixer, garlic press, tongs, citrus juicer, steamer, zester, food processor, Dutch oven
If you noticed my post yesterday, I used a whisk to mix the cookie batter. 
A whisk is commonly used to stir ingredients together, to whip air into what you are making for example egg whites. However, I could not recommend using a whisk to whip egg whites unless you really want to strengthen your forearms and have a lot of time on your hands. 
I use a whisk to mix ingredients together like making a roux, 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons flour, which is the base for my cheese sauce for the mac and cheese recipe I posted about recently. A whisk will smooth out any lumps or clumps. 
Here are a few other uses for a whisk. 
1. Use a whisk to help break up clumps of brown sugar or salt formed due to humidity
2. For fluffier scrambled eggs or omelets, use a whisk rather than a fork, remember a whisk will incorporate air into whatever you are mixing.
3. You can make homemade whipped cream using a whisk and a chilled bowl
4. If you are cooking and the recipe calls to brown your meat, after browning, use a whisk to incorporate the browned bits into your sauce. Browned bits increase the flavor in the sauce!
5. When baking and the recipe calls to mix all the dry ingredients together, use a whisk!
Just a few uses to utilize that whisk or to convince you to buy one!

25 comments:

Becky K said...

mmmm i want some chocolate batter!

<3becky
www.loosefromthezoo.com

Lisa said...

I recently went to a cooking class and am dying to get a flat whisk and a ball tip whisk - I had never seen or used either of them until then, and now they are a must-get for my kitchen!

Rachel said...

Funny because I need a new whisk. ;)

That chocolate batter looks yummy!

Leslie said...

I always forget about using a whisk but they really are quite handy.
Thanks for the reminder!

awhite said...

This is one tool area where I'm fully stocked- I have a whole utility crock full of whisks! :)

Happy Thursday, doll.

-Ashley
http://lestylorouge.com

McKenna Ryan said...

I really need a new whisk! I was actually thinking of heading to Homegoods today to pick one out. xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.com

Heather said...

Whisks are definitely a kitchen must-have! I've never tried making homemade whipped cream before, but it sounds like fun.

Alisha said...

I always forget about mine too. Mainly because I don't like it. It's Pampered Chef and the whisk itself is flimsy; it doesn't hold it's shape in some of the thicker mixtures I make. It's good for things like eggs, but not for baking. Maybe I just need to add another whisk to my kitchen specific for baking!

Hope you're doing well, sweet friend!
xo
Alisha and Brandon {the blog}

Joanna said...

Even though I have a stand mixer, I use my whisk alot. It's definitely a well loved tool. I want that red one. Looks like a comfy handle.

Alyssa said...

I love my whisk, and everyone always makes fun of me! Thanks for posting =)

Melissa @ i carry your heart said...

My husband is a big baker and he recently bought a flat whisk and swears by it! Mostly because it's so easy to clean :)

aimee bee said...

Love my whisks, for sure. :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love love love my flat whisk.

meme-and-he said...

I admit, I hardly ever use my whisk. I usually find a fork works better for whatever I would use it for. Maybe I just have a crappy whisk?

Sarah and Stewart said...

Yay, something I have! Have I used it before? Well... no. ;-)

Mrs. Pedersen said...

That's cool about a whisk and cold bowl to make whipped cream! I didnt' know that. ;-)

{The Perfect Palette} said...

Love my whisk. Couldn't live without it. True story.

Bree TheUrbanUmbrella said...

hahaha I so needed to read this. I am a disaster in the kitchen, I know a few key recipes but thats it!

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella
http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

Krystal said...

can you believe that i don't have a (good) one? it is key, i think...i need to put that on my list.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Oh gosh I want to lick my screen haha!

Allison said...

I love these tips. Breaking up brown sugar with a whisk...duh.

E said...

Whipping cream by hand can definitely build up some muscles too!

Deidre said...

I once whipped egg whites into hard peaks using a whisk for a souffle. It was an INSANELY good arm work out. But I don't think I ever have to do it again.

Megan said...

I love your kitchen series! My fiance and I just finished our wedding registry and I definitely put several whisks on it! :)

Amanda said...

My FAVORITE whisk is one from Pampered Chef. It's tiny, and I find myself using it for everything. Weird sometimes what our go-to utensil is.