Can You Whip Egg Whites In A Blender?
Your recipe needs some beaten egg whites and your mixer is occupied.
You are stuck!
Looking at your countertop, thinking if you could use a blender instead?
Technically, you can use a blender to whip egg whites. But, you shouldn’t.
Since properly whipping egg whites at home can already be a daunting job, doing it with a common blender will only make it harder.
The purpose of this article is to ease the pain of making perfectly whipped fluffy egg whites foam.
The colorless thick liquid in the egg contains 90% of proteins and 10% water.
You can make an incredibly useful ingredient by whisking this transparent mixture of proteins and water with a mixer, or by hand.
By beating egg white, the air bubbles are trapped inside the mixture and it becomes fluffy.
What is whipped egg white used for
The foamy nature of beaten egg whites makes it an essential ingredient for many food recipes like soufflés, cakes, waffles and similar products. It is also used for icing as an alternative to whipped cream.
The trapped air gives these food products a light appearance and helps them rise in shape.
Another simple sweet dish Meringue is also created from egg white foam just by adding sugar in it.
How to whip egg whites like a pro
Remove the yolk, put the egg white in the bowl, and mix it until it looks just the same as you have seen in Anne Burrell’s cooking video, deceptively simple right?
There are a few things to consider before you start making whipped egg whites.
separating egg white from yolk
Remove yolk from egg white as gently as possible to avoid mixing fats in yolk with the egg white. you can do it with bare hands or use a strainer.
Beating is hard when egg whites are exposed to any kind of oil or fat.
This is the crucial part and it can make you pay with more effort and time.
Using the best bowl
The choice of the bowl can also impact the creation and final shape of the final product from whisked egg whites.
Historically, copper bowls would be used to stabilize egg foam.
You can use large-sized glass bowls to whip egg whites. It must be perfectly clean and dry having no traces of any dirt, especially oil.
The beating process
This can be done either with an electric mixer, hand whisker, or even a blender (be careful with this one though).
When you start whipping eggs, the air gets trapped inside and the ingredients start to foam, grow in volume, and become stiff.
There are usually 3 stages when you keep beating egg whites.
At first, it becomes foamy, this is the Soft Peak stage.
After some more mixing, the Peaks starts to hold up and become slightly stable to the Medium Peak stage.
Finally, the desired stage where the peak is perfectly stable and keeps its shape in the Firm Peak stage.
You must stop beating at this stage to avoid overbeating.
keeping the foam stable
Once you get the firm peak fluff, it is always a good idea to add some acidic additives such as lemon juice, tartar, or vinegar to the foam for stability.
whipping egg whites with a blender?
If there is no other option, and you have only got a countertop blender in your kitchen.
You can use a blender to whip egg whites, but you have to be super careful, keep it slow, do not keep blending without checking the peaks with a stick.
It is very easy to overbeat in a blender. If there is any other possible option, do not use a blender.
Using electric mixers, hand whiskers and hand blenders (also called immersion blenders) are the best options for this task. You can easily control the movements and observe the shape and texture of the foam. Happy Cooking!