Price: £11.99 for the whisk, £17.99 for the spatulas
Age Range: n/a
Manufacturer’s Description: Whisk: Large 7.5cm diameter balloon for whisking in plenty of air. Professional weight wires for more versatile usage. Ergonomic and non-slip handle. Dishwasher-safe (top rack only).
Spatulas: Dual ended for more versatile usage. High heat proof to 250°C (460°F). Suitable for non-stick cookware. Dishwasher-safe.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: We were challenged to try out the Salter Heston Blumenthal Precision Professional Whisk & Multipurpose Spatulas whilst making pancakes, so at the weekend my Dad and I measured out the ingredients and gave it a whirl.
We used a recipe from a very old children’s cookbook that my dad swears by. Our batter had 12oz flour, 1 1/2 pints of milk, 3 eggs, and a pinch of salt. This produced enough batter for the kids to share a pancake & the four adults to have 3 or 4 each.
The recipe said to start with the flour and make a well in the centre to pour the eggs into. Then, mix the flour slowly into the eggs, adding a little bit of milk gradually to make a smooth & creamy mixture. Beat well, adding the remainder of the milk. We then left the mixture to stand for an hour before cooking.
We mixed this pancake mixture entirely by hand, using the Salter Heston Blumenthal Precision Professional Whisk that we had been sent. This balloon whisk is really nice to use, with a handle that fits comfortably into your hand. It is a good size (7.5cm diameter) and seems to be constructed very well; when you hold it, it has a decent weight to it. I can’t see this whisk falling apart easily, and I think it will be a much-used & much-loved resident in my utensils drawer for years to come.
Although it took a bit of elbow grease the whisk did a brilliant job on the pancake batter. We whisked it to an ultra smooth, frothy mixture. There was plenty of air in the batter and no visible lumps.
The handle is non-slip which makes the job easier, and the large size of the “balloon” makes sure you get plenty of air into your mix. It’s great that this utensil is dishwasher safe too, as I find hand washing whisks to be an absolute nightmare!
Next up to be tested were the Salter Heston Blumenthal Precision Multipurpose Spatulas. In the pack, you get two spatulas – a big one and a smaller one. I handed the reins over to my Dad to cook the pancakes and he declared the bigger one to be perfect for the job.
The curved thin edge of the spatula flexes to meet the shape of the pan to allow you to ease the mixture around the edges. It also helps you to sneak the spatula underneath the pancake to loosen the pancake against the pan.
Dad also tried flipping the pancakes with the spatula & quickly mastered the technique. The concave side of the spatula actually helped to control the pancake as it flipped, resulting in zero pancake flipping casualties!
The spatulas, like the whisk, are dishwasher safe which is great. They are also heat proof up to 250°C which is very welcome – my dad melted his last spatula by accident, so there is no fear of that happening. The unique shape makes them really versatile and I can’t imagine a container that you couldn’t scrape out with one of these!
The pan Dad used to cook the pancakes was a non-stick one, as I imagine is the norm for most people making pancakes this Shrove Tuesday. These spatulas are non-stick friendly so no worries there.
I love that there are two sizes, from a baking-with-kids angle, as I will be able to hand the smaller red one over to Georgie while I brandish the large black one.
The resulting pancakes were fluffy and completely delicious, going down well with everyone involved. The kids enjoyed theirs with a little chocolate spread, while we grown ups enjoyed a variety of sweet & savoury toppings.
My only concern with these utensils is making sure Dad doesn’t hide them somewhere before I pack up to leave next week!
The whisk and spatulas are more expensive than I would normally pay, but you definitely get your money’s worth with these! If you do a lot of cooking and baking that requires use of a whisk and/or spatulas, then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these at all. If, however, you just want tools for an occasional foray into the kitchen, then these may be a bit pricey for the amount of usage they’re likely to get.
I give these Salter Heston Blumenthal Precision utensils 5 stars.