Mystery whisk! Can anyone identify this whisk?

Lewis_27603December 21, 2010


15 or 20 years ago I bought a whisk and small pitcher from Restoration Hardware.

The whisk is used inside of the pitcher. It has a cylindrical handle and is used by holding the handle between open palms and rubbing your hands back and forth. The motion is similar to one you might use to keep your hands warm.

The wire body of the whisk is also cylindical. It has a nylon button on the very bottom. The nylon button prevents damage to the surface the whisk touches and reduces friction for the whisking process.

I vaguely recollect reading that the combo of whisk and pitcher was common in parts of France. In any case, I love the combo and use it all the time. For instance, it is a fantastic way to whisk eggs.

I would like to find a source for the whisk to have a spare on hand and for gifts. Any insight into this utensil will be appreciated. I have searched for it in vain for quite a while. I think (hope :)) the main challenge is just knowing what to call it.

A link to a small picture gallery is included.

Many thanks for your thoughts and happy holidays!


Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of the mystery whisk.

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ps. I recently found the pitcher online. It is linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pitcher

    Bookmark   December 21, 2010 at 8:04PM
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Thoughts? Anyone?

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 9:15PM
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Check out the cooking forum, too. Lots of knowledgeable people there, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: cooking forum

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 9:37PM
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Could it be an alternative form of a millinillo? They are used for making Mexican hot chocolate. Usually the wisk is made of wood. It is put in the pitcher and used as you described, by rubbing the handle between your palms to mix and aerate the hot chocolate. NancyLouise

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 12:36PM
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NancyLouise that is awesome! Thank you. I had to try a number of variants of spelling but eventually found a wealth of pictures and other information about molinillo stirrers.

My whisk is somewhat similar to some of those stirrers. I will have to try it with hot chocolate sometime.

There is something very satisfying about using it. Whatever is whisked stays nicely contained in the pitcher; it is easier to clean and quieter than an electric appliance, and it gives a great feeling of blending without using any electricity.

I better stop before going too far over the top.

Thanks again, the molinillo is very similar but not quite the item I need. I just *know* the whisk is still available somewhere.

All insights are appreciated.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of molinillo stirrers

    Bookmark   January 13, 2011 at 7:55PM
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I am still looking for the mystery whisk.

Perhaps someone could suggest a good forum outside of the Gardenweb universe.

Thank you in advance!


    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 7:45PM
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