Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or a professional chef, having the right tools is key! (Here are 18 kitchen gadgets pro cooks use at home.) We’d like to introduce you to the flat whisk—an important tool that deserves a spot in your utensil drawer. Here’s why:
Like a traditional balloon whisk, this whisk features three or four wires bent into a U shape, but as the name implies, the U shape is flat. Check out an inexpensive option here. The unique design means the flat whisk is great at whisking and scraping the bottom of a pan. It’s even better than a balloon whisk at getting into all the nooks and crannies.
Perfect for sauces
The flat whisk is best for sauces and gravies because the flat design helps you scrap shallow pans so you can deglaze like a pro. (Take your cooking to the next level by mastering these restaurant-style sauces.) For most sauces, it’s important to whisk them on the stove to prevent clumps. The flat shape puts the whisking power at the bottom of the pan, helping you scrape up browned bits. The flat whisk’s shape makes it even easier and more comfortable to maneuver than a balloon whisk. Try your whisking technique with this foolproof gravy.
Not only can the flat whisk help you make great sauces, it can also be used for lifting poached eggs out of the water, gently folding ingredients and beating eggs. Try out a flat whisk on your favorite white sauce (try this recipe!) or hot oatmeal—it’ll help prevent pieces from sticking to the bottom. Here are 20 grandma-approved oatmeal recipes.
Easy to store
With the flat whisk, you won’t have to worry about food getting stuck inside the tines, making it easier to clean. Plus, the flat design means it’s easy to store—it won’t take up much room in your drawer!
Once you’ve mastered using the flat whisk, check out 21 essential kitchen tools every cook needs.
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