What is the opinion on the Danish dough whisk I see in KAF catalog? Is it worth the money?
The dough whisk is a terrific tool; can’t imagine refreshing my levain without it. It also comes in handy for hand mixing dough and other tasks.
I paid seven bucks (plus tax) for my dough whisk and it’s worth every penny. They're available at many kitchen stores as well as online. Shop around.
Oh, me and my toys... I've been looking at that whisk on and off for years. One question, though, is it hand wash only? I hate washin' stuff :>)
Don't own a dishwasher so I've no idea what they do to wooden handles - the whisk takes but a moment to rinse under cold running water.
Given the properties of dried sourdough, I don't think it's a tool you would not want to rinse off immediately. Or can dishwashers remove dried up starter gunk from dishes and utensils?
One doesn't put things with wooden handles in a dishwasher (they are absolutely ruined by it) - an exception being a Le Creuset bowl scraper that I use pretty often because it can go in the dishwasher.
So I was wondering about the wisk - because it may or may not have whatever wonderful wood the Le Creuset people use.
Dishwashers vary - mine does a pretty good job at getting off dried gunk. Sometimes better than I do by hand.
I always contemplate the "dishwasher safe" angle because for someone who has one, I still seem to spend a lot of time at the sink washing stuff.
Maybe one day my old pals at OXO will make their (dishwasher safe) version of the Danish dough whisk and I can convince someone to sent it to me for free :>)
I have one small and one large whisk. I do love them because they make short, fast work of pulling together a poolish (at the end of the day I'm usually tired enough to want to do less). If you are short on money though this is not a tool you need; your fingertips and hands will do an equally efficient job.
I have a Rosle brand stainless steel flat whisk (sauce whisk) that I use instead of a dough whisk. This whisk does a great job -- cheaper brands of whisk might not hold up as well but the Rosle I've had for 20 years or so and it has not bent out of shape. It has the advantage of being dishwasher safe (no wooden handle), and more versatile -- it's designed to get the fond of the bottom of the pan and incorpate sauce ingredients.