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Home chef, can't afford a copper egg bowl

Poll Results: How about a modified copper beater with a stainless bowl?

 
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So, I understand the reasons for a copper egg bowl but there is NO WAY my husband would agree. but, I AM a jeweler and I use copper for a lot of things. here is a thought. If using a hand mixer, how about this. I take 12 ga copper wire (that is VERY heavy for those who aren't familiar) and use it to cage, in 5 or 6 swirled twists around, a single, good sized, metal mixing beater. then, you make the eggs in a stainless steel bowl using a single beater but, with the extra wires, you have the additional amount of air added to the eggs with one beater instead of two. you have copper on the moving piece rather than the stationary piece. this should, theoretically, give the same chemical effect as using a stainless whisk on a copper bowl.

 

What do the pros think?

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I'm not a pro, but i have made meringue by hand with a regular stainless steel beater in a regular stainless steel bowl plenty of times, and have had no problem.  It seems like a big waste of money and of copper which it seems to me, would be better used for its heat conducting properties.  And probably a decent hand mixer would be cheaper. 

 

What i remember reading, is that adding a bit of acid, a couple of drops of vinegar or pinch of cream of tartar, does the same thing.  But i've done it without that, too.  I do have a strong arm.  But one thing i discovered is that if you want to beat with a whisk, keep the bowl on a lower table, like a kitchen table, rather than on the counter, because it's less tiring on the arm. 

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Well, in that, I am EXTREMELY dependent on electric mixers<G> I have a permanent shoulder injury. you cannot believe how much it hurts to whisk by hand!!  Cheating? maybe but I'll take that cheat. if the world ends, I'll find a way to jury rig a crank style mixer if I cannot find one<G>  I did make the best, highest rising soufflé I have ever made (of all 5 batches, so far) last night with SS bowl, regular beaters, no Cream of Tartar or acid, just the egg whites and a little sugar in the whites.  I don't consider myself a pro. I think I was probably just lucky last night.

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No you probably weren't lucky, you were probably doing it right!  There is far too much mystique about cooking and baking in my opinion much of it being pushed by grandiose narcissistic tv chefs. 

 

BY ALL MEANS use an electric mixer.  Why on earth would you use a hand whisk if you have a mixer?  I thought you wanted a copper bowl because you had to do it by hand, not having a mixer.  The copper is supposed to make it easier.  The mixer makes it even easier!!!  I used to do them by hand before i had a mixer - i made everything by hand, bread, cakes, souffle, you name it.  As soon as i could afford it i got a mixer.  When mine has broken, i went back to hand beating till i could get another. 

 

Take everything you hear from chefs and cooks and cookbooks with a grain of salt (you can never go wrong in cooking with another grain of salt anyway) smile.gif

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Originally Posted by karonadams View Post

Well, in that, I am EXTREMELY dependent on electric mixers<G> I have a permanent shoulder injury. you cannot believe how much it hurts to whisk by hand!!  Cheating? maybe but I'll take that cheat. if the world ends, I'll find a way to jury rig a crank style mixer if I cannot find one<G>  I did make the best, highest rising soufflé I have ever made (of all 5 batches, so far) last night with SS bowl, regular beaters, no Cream of Tartar or acid, just the egg whites and a little sugar in the whites.  I don't consider myself a pro. I think I was probably just lucky last night.


I just made individual soufflé's the other night. They rose great, then they fell (while I photographed them). They were delicious though. I'll post in another thread. I used a ss bowl, cream of tartar, and a whisk by hand. It seems like overkill to pull out the KA stand mixer for two egg whites.

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Jake, that sounds great!  What kind did you make?  I am trying to figure out how to make individual soufflés. my daughter has informed me that she could care less for soufflé, in fact, does not like them at all and would prefer to simply have scrambled eggs with a slice of American laid over it. Oh, well<G> I'll make them for myself. I did make Cheese soufflé this morning. I was unimpressed, TBH. they were OK, but still kind of heavy. perhaps I had too much cheese in them. but, they were still, to me, a step up from just scrambled eggs. Hubby (I swear he has no taste buds) didn't notice a difference and the daughter flat out told me not to make them for her, again. So, Soufflé is something I'll just be making for myself, from now on<sigh>

 

But, I'll probably stick with Dessert soufflés. I cannot really think why I want to do that much for cheese soufflé. especially since it will be just for myself.

 

That's OK. *I* like them!

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 It seems like overkill to pull out the KA stand mixer for two egg whites.

Not if you have a shoulder injury - ouch

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 It seems like overkill to pull out the KA stand mixer for two egg whites.

Not if you have a shoulder injury - ouch


True.

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