(this article was first published in September 2012)
Each week, we rummage through the dark corners of our kitchen drawers to bring you an enigmatic item. We ask you to guess what it is in our weekly From the From the Back of the Drawer puzzle. To enter this week’s puzzle, visit this page. To read more descriptions of past items, visit this page. And, don’t forget to donate your odd items to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
This week, we found a Danish Dough Whisk!
I’ll admit, this one took some serious sleuthing, and the answer only came to me during a completely unrelated Back of the Drawer search. But, once you get your hands on this tool, you’ll wonder how in the world you hadn’t heard of it before. This Danish dough whisk, or bread whisk, is used to whip up bread dough without getting any on your hands, and without having to get dough bits under your nails scraping at the sides. Because it has only about four percent of the surface area of a regular spoon, it allows you to get air into the dough, making it lighter and fluffier, while evenly mixing all the ingredients and keeping your hands clean. It’s also made of unyielding metal, so it won’t bend when you pull it through a thick dough. Basically, it’s an alternative to everything you have in your drawer that didn’t work perfectly on bread dough.
It seems that this oddly-looped whisk has its roots in Denmark, hence the “Danish” modifier, but is now only manufactured in Poland. You can get your own on specialty cooking websites.
Our Rating: Save it!
Design: Excellent, it’s multifunctional and easy to handle. Put some netting on it and you have a fly swatter.
Originality: Average, its history is spotty, but it’s pretty easily available.
Practicality: Excellent, it really did work wonders. I usually get so much dough on my hands and arms that I need to shower and do laundry while my bread is in the oven. No more! It’s also incredibly easy to clean.