Here are a few tips on how to whip the frothiest, lightest egg whites. Once you've mastered this technique, you'll see how easy it is to make soufflés.
First of all, start off with fresh eggs. Make sure you check the date of the eggs; just like milk, they have an expiration date on the end of the box. If they're out of date, don't use them, get some new eggs.
Next, make sure your eggs are at room temperature. Never try to whip cold egg whites, they will whip, but it will be much more work and you won't get the same volume as with room temperature or warm egg whites.
And, if you want extra volume and stability, you can place the egg whites in your bowl and set them over a low to medium electric or gas flame; swirl the bowl and heat the whites just until they are warm to the touch on your fingertip. Do not let the egg whites get white in the bowl. If you do, you've scrambled the egg whites and they'll never whip.
I know a copper bowl is not something available in every kitchen, however, if you do have one, use it for your egg whites. You will be amazed how much more volume you will achieve.
You can whip your egg whites by hand with a whisk or use an electric mixer with the whip attachment. If you whip them by hand, you will want a big balloon whisk with lots of spokes or prongs and, of course, by hand takes a lot more energy.
When you begin whipping your whites, you will see that the bubbles are inconsistent and light yellow in color. As you continue to whip the egg whites, the bubbles will be consistently tiny and pure white.
Make sure you stop whipping your egg whites when they form stiff peaks. What does that mean? Simply turn the bowl over periodically and cautiously to see if they flow or run out of the bowl. If they begin to flow out of the bowl, keep whipping, if they don't, they are done. If they look grainy, you've gone too far and need to start again.
Here is a recipe for a wonderful, no cholesterol raspberry soufflé. You'll love how simple it is to make and how delicious it is to eat. The best part? You'll no longer be afraid to whip egg whites.
*Kirsch is a brandy made from cherries that brings out the
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