Pros: Scrapes and folds; heat-resistant; doesn’t scratch; doesn’t make a lot of noise
Rating: 5 out of 5
First published 12/8/2005
Review item courtesy of Cuisipro and Jardina Communications
Cuisipro has come up with yet another winning change to a standard kitchen implement. Up until now my Rösle whisks have been my favorites: sturdy, with wide handles, dishwasher-safe, non-rusting. But the Cuisipro paddle whisk fulfills an interesting function: it’s like a whisk and a spatula all in one, so you don’t have to swap out implements while working with your batters.
The tines of this whisk are wide, flat, and coated in silicone. This seems to have made them no less sturdy than those Rösle whisks, and in fact there’s a strong resemblance in other areas. The handle is thick around, which is easy on my hands. The tines are sturdy and don’t get pushed around by thick batters. The whisk is dishwasher-safe and does not appear to be prone to rusting (I originally purchased my current round of whisks when the cheap ones I’d been using before that rusted after being run through the dishwasher a handful of times).
The Cuisipro whisk, however, has those unusual tines, and they do actually have some great uses. The silicone is heat-resistant to 750 F, and of course it’s food safe, so you can use it for stove-stop applications. When using it in making hot chocolate recently I found it had an unadvertised bonus: it’s quiet when you’re using it in a metallic pot. No more constant scraping noises! The flat tines don’t adversely affect anything, or at least haven’t yet for us; we’ve used this whisk to make gravy, quick bread, and more without trouble. The flat tines allow you to carefully fold batters as well as vigorously stir them, and I can vouch for the fact that this actually works.
The whisk is dishwasher-safe (although the smooth silicone is easier to clean, in my opinion, than normal whire whisks), and it won’t scratch pans that aren’t metal utensil-safe. No more worrying about whether it’s really a good idea to use a whisk in that non-stick pan your grandmother gave you for your birthday. It can also be used to scrape out your bowl–again, no need to switch off implements while cooking.
I’m not planning on getting rid of my usual whisks–for one thing they come in a wider range of sizes–but this one has certainly earned its spot in my cooking utensil collection!