Friday, 04 August 2017 14:28

Mini Me

Written by John Reardon
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Hello my Foodie Friends.  Sometimes you are surprised to find yourself reaching for a particular kitchen tool again and again. You often pull it, dirty, from the dishwasher and wash it by hand because you need it. Cooking at someone else’s house, you miss it. That’s how it is with my small whisk. I never expected this little whisk to become one of my favorite cooking tools. There are so many uses for the mini-whisk. 

Vinaigrette - If you’re just making a small batch of vinaigrette for a single or double serving of salad, a mini whisk is the perfect size. No need to pull out the full-size version. Scrambled Eggs or Omelet - If you want to just whip up a couple eggs, a mini whisk is exactly the right size for a delicious omelet recipe. Hot Cocoa - If you’re just planning to make one cup of hot cocoa at a time, a mini whisk works wonders as compared to a spoon. In fact, whip it up extra quick and you’ll achieve a little froth as a bonus. Egg Wash - If you want to achieve a beautiful, shiny, golden brown coloring on anything from biscuits to pie crust, you’ll need to paint it with a little egg (yolk, white, or whole) wash first. And this is the perfect time to whip out that mini whisk. Pancake Batter - You never want to overwhip pancake batter lest it get too tough. For just a few servings, a mini whisk gets the job done well. Dipping Sauce - When you’re just mixing a few ingredients into a liquid base for a dipping sauce, a mini whisk is the ideal-sized utensil. Kid Cooking/Baking - When kids are helping you out in the kitchen, a mini whisk is the perfect size for their cute little hands.  Cocktails - There’s no need to make things sloppy and messy by using a full-sized whisk when mixing just a few drinks. Dry Rub - If you’re only making a small batch of dry rub, a mini whisk fits the bill exactly. Yeast - When you need to stir your yeast into your warm liquid, nothing beats using a mini whisk to complete the job.

It may be a “mini me” but there are so many uses for this versatile tool to assist with your culinary needs. Have your little chefs help using this little tool too!  Remember, “Life Happens in the Kitchen”.  Take care, John and Paula.

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