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!