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One for all and all for one! This is a common misconception when it comes to shopping to buy whisks. There are more types of whisks than most may expect, and each carries out its own individual purpose in the kitchen. Don’t be intimidated though since it’s not always necessary to have each type of whisk in your kitchen arsenal. However, it is important to identify the differences and then make wise decisions based on your personal cooking needs. At Zestspot, we carry a selection of whisks from several renowned brand names that any home or commercial chef will find to their liking.
Egg whisks, flat whisks, balloon whisks, silicone whisks, and wire whisks for your cooking needs! There are many to choose from. The most common and favored whisk type is the balloon whisk which is most likely the first image of a standard whisk that comes to mind. It’s optimal for whipping light substances such as egg whites and cream. Like a balloon, the tip is round and covers a large surface area compared to most whisks, allowing for lightweight whipping.
Aren’t all whisks designed to whip light substances? Not exactly. Different types of kitchen whisks are different in shape which makes them suited for different tasks in the kitchen. This may leave you questioning what a flat whisk is used for, for example. A flat whisk has fewer wires and is best used for preparing thick sauces and gravies. Its design almost resembles a spoon, which is what makes it more accessible for cleaning down the sides of the saucepan as opposed to using a balloon whisk.
An egg whisk, also commonly referred to as the French whisk, is similar to the balloon whisk except it is relatively smaller with the wires closer together. Its perfect use is for eggs, of course! Whether whites or yolks, an egg whisk is a perfect choice for baking. In short, it all comes down to the shape and number of the wires on the whisk. A whisk tool that is rounder in shape and has more wires is made for creating a light and fluffy texture while flatter whisk utensils with fewer wires are for denser substances.
A silicone whisk is better for mixing over a stovetop to avoid ruining your cookware. Every now and then there are brands that innovate the existing and if you’re in the market for a whisk that is truly exciting, browse our selection of Cuisipro whisks.