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Looking for a Strong Spoon

Q's picture

Looking for a Strong Spoon

I haven't been able to find a suitable mixing spoon anywhere. It needs to be very strong, preferrably metal, and with not such a large head as to make mixing difficult. I know I could be doing this by hand, but I prefer to use a spoon until the dough is less sticky.

AnnieT's picture

Q, check out the Danish dough whisk - Eric at Breadtopia sells them and they do a fine job of blending dough. He even shows it in the video on the No Knead bread. I use mine all the time and find it easier than a spoon, A.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

with and inch wide handle.  Sturdy enough to stir an ox into dough.  Could also be a rice serving spoon. 

Mini O

cordel's picture

Right now I am using a bamboo spoon and it does a fine job. I can't imagine a dough tough enough to break it. When my mom made bread for a family of seven in a large washtub, she used a hand carved spoon made of ash. It was still in the house when my Dad moved to a retirement facility last year. I am planning to send for the whisk from Breadtopia, though. Watching that video, there is no question it is the perfect tool for incorporating flour into a stiff dough. I really don't think there is a metal spoon as strong as a good wooden or bamboo one, but that whisk is amazing.

Cooky's picture

I found a terrific metal spoon with a silicone-coated heat that I use all the time for bread making. I still haven't talked myself into popping for a KitchenAid, so the spoon gets a workout, and this baby stands up to the biggest batches. It is also way easy to clean. Even sticky dough will slip off easily, and I usually wash it in the dishwasher.

Here is a what it looks like:

As you can see, the head is spoon-shaped, but smaller and flatter than a serving spoon. The shape is about what you would expect in a typical wooden spoon, so it is just right for mixing. I found mine at either Target or TJ Maxx, and I'm sure I didn't pay more than 5 ot 6 bucks for it.

You can find variations that have more spatula-like heads, different shaped handles, etc. 



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naschol's picture

Ditto on the dough whisk.  It is amazing - there is hardly any resistance when mixing.  King Arthur Flour also sells them (in two sizes, I believe).



dmsnyder's picture

Heard from. 

This is by far the best tool for mixing sourdough starters after feeding, too. It incorporates more air into the starter than a spoon, I think.


PsDenys's picture

I ordered both sizes of dough wisk from Eric at Breadtopia and love them. I use the smaller one for stirring my starter and for mixing pre-ferments and the larger one for mixing final doughs. One of the great things about these wisks is that the dough doesn't stick to them. They are also very strong!

frankie g's picture
frankie g

I love them... the best tool for the price.

$7.59 ea.