Unexpected Favorite Tool: A Small Whisk

Sometimes you are surprised to find yourself reaching for a particular kitchen tool again and again. You often pull it, dirty, from the dishwasher and wash it by hand because you need it. Cooking at someone else's house, you miss it. That's how it is with my small whisk.

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?

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