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Danish Dough Whisk 11 inch
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
I have both sizes of these dough whisks and I really like them. Below is what I wrote in my review for the other size: Dough Mixer - 14 Inch. This is basically a comparison of the two different sizes. I've uploaded some pictures, but please keep in mind that this listing is for only the 11" whisk. Some of the pictures show both sizes for comparison sake, and one of them shows the whisk inside of a jar. Those extras do NOT come with this item. (I'm not seeing the photos in the image gallery right now, so I'm not sure they went through; I'm sorry if they don't show up.)

I didn't find the handles splinter-y at all, though they aren't coated with a varnish (I don't think I'd like that anyways, unless it was a food-safe finish). I guess if it starts bothering me while I'm mixing something very stiff, I can just wear one of those glove-type oven mitts. The metal hooks most certainly are different sized on the two, contrary to a review I read on one of these listings. She said the only difference was in the length of the handle, but that's not correct. The actual measured sizes are as follows:

11" whisk is that length overall. The wooden handle part is a bit over 8". The hook part on both is actually a bit oval in shape rather than perfectly round. The main circle of the hook is about 2 3/4" in diameter. [This whisk *does* fit inside of a 50 ounce Bormioli jar Bormioli Rocco Fido Square Jar with Blue Lid, 50-3/4-Ounce (which some people use to keep natural yeast starters). That means you can use the 11" whisk to stir the starter while it's in the jar.]

14" whisk is just a tad over 14" overall length. The wooden handle is 10 1/2" long and the main circle of the metal hook is about 3 1/2" in diameter.

This means, IMO, that the 14" whisk is better suited to bread doughs (especially the larger batches that call for 6 or more cups of flour) and maybe for people with larger hands. The 11" whisk is just right for quick breads and muffins, and for people of a smaller stature (including kids). The dough hook is substantially smaller on the 11", so I can see where the 14" would be better for some jobs (unless you have really small hands and it's just too uncomfortable for you). I don't personally think leverage is an issue either way since I hold the 14" the same as I would the 11"--which is close to the business end. It seems more natural that way. The diameter of both handles feels the same. I didn't take that measurement, as I can't find my micrometers.

What I'd like to see is a mixer with the handle of the 11" model and the wire part of the 14" model. The extra handle length on the 14" is wasted material unless you need to reach down into a deep pot with it (less leverage that way, though), but the metal hook of the 14" is superior to that of the 11" model since the bigger size gives greater performance on all doughs. Of course, if you could only buy one and you're doing both bread and other mixes, I think I would choose the 14" to be able to cover everything (unless my hands were very small).

I hesitate to call these mammoths "whisks" like they do in the listing because the metal on them is so un-whisk-like. Lol. The gauge of the metal is quite large--sufficient enough for any stiff dough, for sure, and not like the smaller gauge on normal whisks. I think "dough hook" would be more appropriate.

The construction of this mixer is really superior to many other tools out there. I don't think the metal part is going to come off the handle, as some people have surmised it might do. It's clamped on there very well and if I don't bang it around or abuse it then it should stay intact. If not, then I think it could be re-clamped on there with some vice-grips or something. I don't think it will be a problem, though. If I find that it is in the years to come, I'll update my review at that time.

As far as usefulness is concerned, I think that certain tools are better suited to certain jobs. I can't use a whisk for my whole recipe, nor can I use a wooden spoon for all of it, and I always use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl. So I already use a few different tools for baking. Adding this dough hook to my utensil crock is not an inconvenience to me because I really like how it handles batter and dough. If you're a minimalist, though, this might not be a good tool for you if you already use a couple tools to mix batter. You can technically make things just fine without it. But I love nice kitchen equipment, so it was worth the money to me (which is not much at all considering the quality of the piece).

I would recommend either one of the mixers; the size is going to be very individual based on needs, the size of the person, and the size of their hands. The price difference between the two is so small that I don't think it should be a determining factor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
I love this dough whisk. I use it for batters. It replaces the spoon and rubber spatula. It mixes way faster than a spoon. No need for a hand mixer. If you like to make pancakes, muffins, cakes, or brownies. This works great. You don't have to pull out the hand mixer to get a smooth batter.

Only downside is that the batter can get in the grooves. If you rinse right away and don't let it harden you'll be fine.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
I had never heard of this little super gaget. I use it all the time for makeing large amounts of bread dough, 8# at a time. It glides straight throuogh the dough, takes only a few minutes to mix the dough together. I would say anyone with trouble with their wrists or arms, really would enjoy working with this whisk. I had carpel tunnel, and also had both shoulders replaced recently. If I can use this with ease and enjoy what Iam doing at the same time, so will you!
Sincerely,
David Super Chef
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
This dough wisk is a nice size for general 4 / 5 cup flour loafs. I noticed some complaining about dough getting stuck in the crack around the handle. Paaaleze, it's nothing a little brush and water don't clean. It's just a nice well designed and very durable wire dough wisk that works very well. I use it every day.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 18, 2012
Wow, I wish I had known about this item sooner. I recently starting making a batch or two of cookies every so often and the dough is so hard to mix and stir, especially when I am adding lots and lots (and lots) of chocolate chips and nuts. Still, it's not worth using and cleaning my stand mixer, so I usually just struggle through. Not any more! This whisk just glides through and mixes the heavy dough so easily. (For the record, I have not used it on bread as I seldom hand-knead my bread dough.)

I just used it on a batch where the stick of butter wasn't quite soft enough to stir in, so I was expecting a struggle. The whisk easily went through the butter, and I just held a silicone spatula in my other hand to help break up the clumps as I stirred, and after that, smooth sailing with the whisk. I can't imagine what it would have been like trying to do that with a spoon.

I debated between an 11-inch whisk and a 14-inch whisk, and I went with the 11-inch partly to save storage space and partly because I am very short. I worried it might be too short to get a good grip on if I needed to use both hands, but no, it was perfect.

Also, I went on a cookie-supply splurge and bought a cookie scoop (OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop-- wow, was that a time saver!) and parchment sheets precut to the size of my cookie sheets. Only bad part is: it is now so amazingly easy for me to bake cookies, I'm going to be doing it more often.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
I bought this, along with two Cambro containers, in order to simplify making breads from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day". It was a good move, and I wouldn't have even thought to do so, had I not seen the pairing of the whisk with the book and the Cambros. You can whip up a batch of dough in no time flat- MUCH, much more quickly than with any other hand tool I have ever used! (And that's saying something- I'm a former professional cook, and a long-time home baker.) It doesn't look like much, but it's incredibly efficient for incorporating flour into liquids. I would highly recommend this to anyone who's trying out the process outlined in the "Five Minutes a Day" books, or any other bread-baking techniques. Worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
Original review with 3 stars:

Based off the reviews I read I was expecting this thing to be amazing, but it's not that impressive. I mean it stirs the dough for my bread (just plain old wheat bread) fine, but it's not much different than my plastic spatula that I normally use. I'm still using it, but I don't know that I'd recommend it as a time saver.

Update 1/2/13:

I had to come back and upgrade my review to 4 stars. I love this thing now....just not for yeasty bread. For any other dough (cookies, muffins, etc.) it's great. I'm one of those people who hates hand mixers because they tend to throw the dry ingredients all over the kitchen. This is nice because I can quickly mix a batch of whatever and not have to clean dust off the whole kitchen. Maybe I'd feel differently if I had a stand mixer, but this is much closer to my budget at the moment. :-) It's worth noting that I'm a bit of a germaphobe, so I MUST sanitize everything in the dishwasher. Because of this, the handle is starting to crack. I can't say they didn't warn me to hand wash it. If they made one of these with a plastic handle that can stand up to the dishwasher, I'd probably buy 3 of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
The first one of these (14") I got back in the 80s and was one of the most used tools in my kitchen. Excellent tool for mixing just about any large, heavy amount, especially bread dough by hand. It was my favorite tool, which was misplaced during a move a few years ago and boy, was I ever heartbroken.

I got this size because this fits my needs better now Still the same handy tool, just a bit easier to handle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We like this whisk for making dough but it is a bit hard to use. We find that we use it sometimes but then other times just use our hands. It is hard to clean so that is the main purpose. The hand is untreated wood we think but it does wash off without cracking. We would suggest this for any baker that doesn't like to get his/her hands dirty.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I make a very moist dough, that featured in "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day", fairly easy to stir but rather sticky. I make a batch every day or two. I find it as easy to stir my dough with a wooden spoon, and the spoon is a lot easier to clean.

This whisk has multiple points at which dough is very prone to stick, and difficult to clean. Particularly the place at which the wire joins the handle, a spot difficult to reach with a scrubber, the dough gets caught badly. The unfinished wood of the handle is also very sticky for dough.

Also, the 11 inch is really too small for more than a single loaf, in my opinion. The labeling on the web site is a bit confusing, in that some vendors describe this as "small" and some as "11 inch".
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