The hand held beaters or stirrers They are one of those utensils that do not seem to be missing in any kitchen, even if they are not used. They are often used as a symbolic icon of the chef or amateur cook, almost always associated with pastry. But the hand mixer is an essential tool that can have multiple uses, and there are many different types.
We are no longer talking only about the quality of the product -which, of course, is always important-, there is also an assortment of different mixers on the market. Although we can get by with just one or two, it is convenient know exactly which model will give us more play in the kitchen or which one to use for each task. How many beaters can you number?
Why do we need a wire whisk?
The answer is simple: for many things. Evidently, it is a basic tool for whipping, that is, but the ultimate goal may be different. The technique is essential for whipping whites, preparing the butter and sugar base of a cake, mixing wet or dry doughs without lumps, whipping cream, breaking eggs for an omelette, preparing a béchamel …
The movement of the arm combined with the action of the rods introduces air, breaks up lumps and emulsifies. In theory, we could manage any of these tasks with any mixer, but if we want to refine our technique and results much more, it never hurts to learn to distinguish the different types of beater that we can add to our kitchenware.
The most classic, the most recognizable, the one that almost everyone has at home. If you are still dragging the typical junkyard that already has bent rods or, worse, rusted, maybe it’s time to invest in a new model of quality materials, or a set of different sizes. This basic set can be a good buy to start with, with three stainless steel models and an ergonomic, dishwasher-safe handle for € 13.23.
Mixers with a greater number of rods give better results; They must be stiff so as not to lose shape and beat well, but it is not recommended that the rods are fully attacheds. The end of the ball must show each rod separate, so that when beating they move independently and thus introduce more air.
Good examples are the De Buyer ball whisk at 16.50 euros, or the one from the Zwilling brand, made entirely of stainless steel, for 19.95 euros. If we already have a large ball beater we may be interested in a smaller couple, like this Ibili model, at 4.91 euros.
Balloon whisk with plastic or silicone rods
Highly demanded in recent years are ball beaters with rods covered in resistant plastic or, much better, silicone. They are flexible but rigid, with the advantage that they will not damage any kitchen material, and are heat resistant. Of great quality is the WMF Profi Plus mixer, dishwasher safe, for 18.97 euros, while this one from Lacor in red can add some color to the kitchen.
If we are interested a smaller model For concrete jobs, this one from Brabantia measures just 5.5cm in diameter, with black temples, or this two-piece set completely covered in red silicone.
Other ball beaters
This design from the German house Leifheit presents the novelty of covering each rod with a spiral wound wire, which speeds up the blending process, managing to introduce much more air with less hand effort. It is made of stainless steel, dishwasher safe and costs 5.22 euros.
And another very popular design for whipping cream by hand is that of ball with inner sphere, like this Tescoma model. The rods enclose a ball of wire that houses another stainless steel sphere, which helps to generate more air to assemble the doughs more quickly and with less effort.
Whisk “magic spoon”
Also known as spiral beater, the French name cuillére magique already suggests its peculiar use in the kitchen. Spoon shaped covered with fine coiled wire and it is used to mix sauces and achieve lighter textures, also to prepare dressings, vinaigrettes and dressings, or to emulsify eggs and cream or cream preparations, and it is perfect for frothing milk.
Good examples are this stainless steel model at 6.99 euros, or this other from Kitchen Craft with the colored silicone wire for 5.09 euros.
He has the appearance of being an ordinary ball beater but flattened; It is not essential but it is very useful to work with sauces and creams in lower, flat pans or pots. It is also known as a roux whisk, perfect for making bechamel and similar sauces.
A good investment can be the Rösle model for 15.95 euros and a 10-year guarantee, or the curious design of Joseph & Joseph, which is a beater of folding ball and convertible into a flat beater.
Specifically designed to work with bakery and pastry dough. The concentric rings of the head are designed so that the lumps of the thickest doughs break easily, without the need to over-beat. It is perfect for working with thicker sourdoughs, preferments or biscuit and sponge dough.
We have this original Danish-style whisk from The Bread Company for € 16.33 in the largest size, or the Kitchen Craft model for € 6.88. We also have this set of two beaters for 14.87 euros, with good valuations.
Hand crank beater
I have a weakness for this vintage design that takes us back to other times, something that is very fashionable. They had fallen into disuse with the arrival of electric mixers, but they are again a trend and the truth is that they work wonderfully. High speed is easily achieved by moving the crank and shake power to mix and beat without tiring our hands, perfect for pastry preparations.
The Kitchen Kraft Master Class model is elegant, durable and robust, made of stainless steel and very nice, with a comfortable handle to grip the end without problems; It comes out for 20.26 euros. Another good option is this slightly more modern manual mixer from OXO, with a detachable rod body and a non-slip plastic handle. It costs 20.46 euros.
Steel ball beater
This innovative design, in addition to being eye-catching and eye-catching, is very practical to introduce a greater quantity of air in the dough and avoid lumps, reaching all corners of the container. It is also perfect for pastry preparations such as candy in threads or chocolate.
The WMF house has several models, like this one completely made of high-quality polished stainless steel, from 27 cm to 16.76 euros. As an alternative for more delicate materials, we find this silicone-covered ball beater, which guarantees the maximum care of any surface, at 23.56 euros.
Spiral sphere whisk
I remember when I was little I loved to play with my mother’s sphere whisk, it seemed like a lot of fun spring movement achieved by pressing it against a hard surface. That is precisely its great asset: the spiral design of the dial is designed to mix by moving it up and down.
It is perfect for whisk or emulsify liquids in deeper pans, or to help thicken preparations such as a cream, béchamel or sauce. We find this design in this Weis model, made of stainless steel, for 12.19 euros, or this other with a thicker handle for 7.81 euros.
There are some variants and specific designs of certain brands that try to offer something different, but these are the basic models of hand beaters that we can find in the market. How many of them do you have at home? Do you use them all?