A while back, Sheela made the argument that four whisks are better than one. I couldn't agree with her more. Not only is this our go-to tool for mixing eggs and stirring together vinaigrettes, but it also can be used in place of a variety of specialty tools and appliances.
1. Ice Cream Maker
No ice cream maker? No problem. Pour a prepared ice cream base in a bowl (metal is best), leave it in the freezer, and whisk the mixture roughly every 20 minutes until set. Whisking prevents the base from freezing into a solid block and incorporates air — just as churning would.
2. Stand Mixer
We rely on expensive stand mixers for whipped cream, buttercream, and meringues, but with a little arm power we can achieve the same results with a whisk. With a large, bulbous bottom, balloon whisks work particularly well for whipped cream and egg whites.
3. Immersion Blender
4. Milk Frother
Milk frothers can be a handy tool for making cappuccinos at home, but you can achieve the very same results with a small whisk. Heat a small amount of milk in the microwave, then place the whisk in the milk and twirl the handle in the palm of your hands until it begins to aerate and grow frothy.
5. Potato Masher
A whisk can also double as a potato masher, or be used to break up cooked potatoes for soups and stews. A medium-sized whisk with closely spaced, stiff wires is the best choice for the job.
Skip the sifter and add all your dry ingredients to the bowl and whisk until they are broken up and combined. I don't know about you, but besides this being an easier way to make sure dried ingredients are fully combined, it keeps the countertops that much cleaner.
How do you use your whisk? What does it replace in your kitchen?