This low-tech tool could be your new kitchen hero. Duff Goldman, owner of L.A.'s new Duff's Cakemix -- and is clearly a huge fan of the whisk (check out that tattoo!) -- offers his high-wire tricks!
1. When brown sugar or salt clumps up due to humidity, use a whisk to break up the blocks and get those crystals to behave.
2. Most people use a fork to scramble their eggs, but a whisk is the secret to rock-star omelets and eggs. More air means more fluff!
3. If you don't have an ice cream machine, use a bowl, the freezer and a whisk. Put your ice cream base in the icebox and whisk every 20 minutes until set. I've made tons of sorbets like this when my machine went out.
4. A whisk makes the best homemade mayo. Mixing by hand lets you easily control the consistency.
5. If I'm eating a cupcake and bite into a bunch of salt, I'm going to be mad. So when a recipe calls for combining your dry ingredients, whisk them to distribute everything evenly.
6. Snip off the bottom round tines with a wire cutter, and your whisk becomes a tool for drizzling chocolate on cakes or making spun sugar.
7. I like making whipped cream by hand with a whisk because it can turn out too stiff with a mixer. It seriously only takes a couple of minutes.
8. With all those wires, whisks are ideal for scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of a pan when making a sauce or gravy. That's flavor!
9. Use a whisk to mix sticky ingredients -- like honey or molasses -- into salad dressings and marinades. The goop will just ball up if you use a spoon.
10. Big wire whisks can really bring a bubble bath back to life!
Did you know...Large whisks make cool light fixtures?!