I never expected this little whisk to become one of my favorite cooking tools. I have always had larger whisks on hand, the kind you might use to whip up half a dozen eggs or a 9-inch cake. But most of the time, I am cooking for just two people — consuming four eggs in one sitting, tops, and not many whole cakes — and a large whisk tips awkwardly out of the small bowl I'm using and is just generally not worth the bother of pulling it out.
Not so with my smaller 9-inch whisk. It fits comfortably in my hand and smaller mixing bowls. It is perfect for whipping up a quick vinaigrette or eggs for two. And it is better at reaching the edges of the pan when making a sauce. For the kind of cooking I do, it is one of the most useful tools, and one I reach for almost every day.
• Find it: OXO Good Grips 9-inch Whisk, $8.99 on Amazon
Have you come across a kitchen tool that you have found surprisingly useful?
(Image: Anjali Prasertong)