In cooking, it is important to have a few key utensils and equipment for home cooking. Previously discussed were chopping knives, which is vital to most kitchens to cut produce or meats to the desired size and shape. Here we will cover whisks, hand-mixers, and stand mixers.
First off a whisk varies in size and loop shape; it all depends on what the user needs it for. Generally a whisk is used to incorporate air into the mixture or to make a mixture smooth. For example, whisking egg whites will incorporate air into the egg whiten which results in soft or stiff peaks. This is often used to top a meringue pie or simply to scramble eggs quicker. There are more commonly now that people who take powders, like Bios Life Slim or a protein shake, along with a liquid (usually water, can mix in. This is a blender bottle that is basically a cup with a lid and a whisk ball. The user will place the powder into the liquid, cover the cup, and shake until the powder has dissolved into the liquid.
Next, there’s a hand-mixer. These are electronic handheld gadgets that come with attachments. Such attachments can be changed for a specific task the cook is working on. Usually, there are two pieces that can be attached. Most often used as a mixer to mix items like cake batter, a hand-mixer can also be used to whisk, like the whisk mentioned earlier, without tiring out the cook’s arm. It can also be used to fold mixtures so that the mixture does not lose the consistency it has developed, such as in bread dough where the baker does not desire to lose the texture of risen yeast.
Hand-mixers are possibly the most commonly used mixer in Hawaii. It can be used to make recipes like white chocolate lilikoi cheesecake or haupia. Celebrate with a guava chiffon cake that is made with the use of a hand-mixer. The use of hand-mixers are numerous!
Lastly, there’s the stand mixer. These do generally the same things as the hand-mixer, but for larger quantities. Stand mixers include a platform to hold a bowl stays still while the mixer attachment revolves around the bowl. This allows for the cook to focus more on the pouring and control of the ingredients rather than focusing on the mixing.
In the past, there was a stand mixer that the bowl spins instead of the attachment. But this is not feasible for larger quantities. Large quantities that need mixing are often necessary at institutions and bakeries. Institutions and bakeries have floor mixers that are like our modern day stand mixer in a larger scale, holding up to 400 pounds.
No matter what your use of a whisk or mixer, it is important to remember to clean and sanitize it thoroughly. Food particles can easily get stuck onto the gadget and it could create illness.