Whisk


Whisk

A whisk is a cooking utensil used in food preparation to blend ingredients smooth, or to incorporate air into a mixture, in a process known as ' or '. Most whisks consist of a long, narrow handle with a series of wire loops joined at the end. The wires are usually metal, but some are plastic for use with nonstick cookware. Whisks are also made from bamboo.

Whisk is also a common street word for Weed or marijuana.

Whisks are commonly used to whip egg whites into a firm foam to make meringue, or to whip cream into whipped cream.

A makeshift whisk may be constructed by taking two forks and placing them together so the tines interlock and make a cage. This is far more effective than a single fork at incorporating air into a mixture.

Whisks have differently-shaped loops depending on their intended functions:
*The most common shape is that of a wide teardrop, termed a "balloon whisk". Balloon whisks are best suited to mixing in bowls, as their curved edges conform to a bowl's concave sides.
*With longer, narrower wire loops, the "French whisk" has a more cylindrical profile, suiting it to deep, straight-sided pans.
*A "flat whisk", sometimes referred to as a "Roux whisk", has the loops arranged in a flat successive pattern. It is useful for working in shallow vessels like skillets (in which a roux is normally prepared).
*A "gravy whisk" commonly has one main loop with another wire coiled around it.
*Similarly, a "twirl whisk" has one single wire that is spiralled into a balloon shape.
*"Ball whisks" have no loops whatsoever. Instead, a group of individual wires comes out of the handle, each tipped with a metal ball. The heavy balls are capable of reaching into the corners of a straight-sided pan. Since there are no crossing wires, the ball whisk is easier to clean than traditional looped varieties. Manufacturers of ball whisks also purport that their shape allows for better aeration.

Additionally, a mechanical device known as a "rotary whisk" consists of 2 sets of beaters that are joined together with a hand-operated crank and handle.

Although the modern whisk may have only appeared at the end of the 19th century, evidence of whisk-like tools exist even further back in history. A bundle of twigs fastened together make an effective whisk; often the wood used would lend a certain fragrance to the dish. An 18th century Shaker recipe calls to “Cut a handful of peach twigs which are filled with sap at this season of the year. Clip the ends and bruise them and beat the cake batter with them. This will impart a delicate peach flavor to the cake.”


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  • Whisk — Whisk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whisked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whisking}.] [Cf. Dan. viske, Sw. viska, G. wischen, D. wisschen. See {Whisk}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whisk — whisk; whisk·er·age; whisk·ered; whisk·ery; whisk·er; …   English syllables

  • Whisk — Whisk, n. [Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch. See {Wisp}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whisk — [hwisk, wisk] n. [ME wisk < ON visk, wisp, brush < IE * weisk (< * weis , supple twig, broom) > Ger wischen, to wipe] 1. a) the act of brushing with a quick, light, sweeping motion b) such a motion 2. a small bunch of straw, twigs,… …   English World dictionary

  • Whisk — Whisk, n. [See {Whist}, n.] A game at cards; whist. [Obs.] Taylor (1630). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whisk — Whisk, v. i. To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whisk — [v] brush quickly; hasten barrel, bullet, dart, dash, flick, flit, flutter, fly, hurry, race, rush, shoot, speed, sweep, tear, whip, whiz, wipe, zip; concept 152 …   New thesaurus

  • whisk — ► VERB 1) move or take suddenly, quickly, and lightly. 2) beat (a substance) with a light, rapid movement. ► NOUN 1) a utensil for whisking eggs or cream. 2) a bunch of grass, twigs, or bristles for flicking away dust or flies. 3) a brief, rapid… …   English terms dictionary

  • whisk|er|y — «HWIHS kuhr ee», adjective. 1. having whiskers: »a ruddy, whiskery Englishman dressed in shorts (Harper s). 2. Figurative. suggestive of whiskers and age; very old: »a whiskery saying or superstition …   Useful english dictionary

  • whisk — I UK [wɪsk] / US / US [hwɪsk] noun [countable] Word forms whisk : singular whisk plural whisks a kitchen tool that consists of several long closed curves of wire joined to a handle that you quickly move through a soft food to put air into it II… …   English dictionary


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