Whisks can be tough to clean. All those skinny tines are great for emulsifying a vinaigrette or beating eggs whites, but they create lots of hard-to-reach spots to clean later. And especially when you're cooking with bacteria-prone foods (like eggs!) or clingy, oily ones (like olive oil!), you really want to make sure your whisk gets thoroughly cleaned.
I've spent a fair amount of time wedging soapy sponges between the tines, trying to clean each one off individually. But I've frequently worried that I was still missing something, especially in the narrowest spots where the tines connect to the handle. (And if it's a wooden handle, you can't exactly put it in the dishwasher! Or maybe you don't have a dishwasher?)
So when I heard about this trick, a light bulb went off for me. It's so simple, and yet so effective!
The key to cleaning a dirty whisk is to fill a bowl with warm soapy water and … whisk it!
It sounds sort of silly, but it totally works. Using the same motion you would for your eggs or oil moves that warm, soapy water through the tines, cleaning all the surfaces you just got dirty. And it's kind of fun, too! There's something deeply satisfying about working the water to see how bubbly you can get it. I tried it recently, and when I pulled out my whisk it looked great! One more rinse with hot water sealed the deal.
Now, this trick works best if you wash your whisk right away, or stick it in a bowl of water while you finish up whatever you're doing. If you let your sauce or batter dry and harden onto the whisk, you may need to do some extra scrubbing, even if you whisk the soapy water real hard.
But for most of us, that's part of the process already — I know I try to get my tools soaking as I move on to the next step, to make cleanup easier later. So as long as you do that, you're good. I know that I'll never go back to trying to clean my whisk with a sponge again!
Have you tried this whisk-cleaning method before? Got any others to share?