Julia Child introduced whisks (or whips, as she called them) to American kitchens in the 1960s, and we've been enamored ever since. They're multi-tasking utensils that can aerate, emulsify, deglaze, and mix. Yet anyone who's shopped for a whisk recently knows that they come in an overwhelming array of designs these days. In this exclusive slideshow, Gourmet demystifies the wide world of whisks.
A tool for little tasks, this is the whisk for quick vinaigrettes, dipping sauces, small batches of batter or scrambled eggs, and even cocktails. And, it's small enough to fit neatly into a kitchen drawer.
  • (Fox Run Kitchens, 8.5" whisk; $3.49; fantes.com)
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