The challenge of mixing ingredients with different textures can be approached several ways: ranging from basic flatware - 2 forks, or 2 dinner knives - to your food processor. Each of these has its pros and cons, enabling you to spend more or less time, with more or less precision … or you can choose a middle road: the pastry blender, giving more leverage to the physical process, and more control to the final product, of cutting in your butter, shortening or lard … assuring that you can achieve the dough you want: flaky pastry, or a crumb crust, without overworking the dough. And this is not just for pastry, but for any recipe that requires cutting or blending ingredients with different textures (think deviled eggs or guacamole).
The issues with pastry blenders are mostly about comfort - does your hand get tired using it? - but also about effectiveness - how well and how quickly does it cut the ingredients together? We’ve tried a bunch of pastry blenders and the Deluxe Pastry Blender from Cuisipro answers these questions extremely well!
First comfort: the secure-grip handle is shaped to fit naturally in the heel of your palm … giving a comfortable grip and more efficient leverage to your downward blending motions. And effectiveness: you bet! The high quality Stainless Steel blades are formed from one piece of steel: assuring more stability in use and no weak spots like all those spot-welded versions out there. And the cutting edges of these ⅛” thick blades are spaced ¼” apart, with sharp cutting edges that curve around so that the blending can continue up the sides of your bowl. Unlike so many other versions out there, this blender works naturally inside the curvature of your mixing bowl so that all the action is not limited to the bottom of your bowl.
This tool also works extremely well for more than just dough: use it in any recipe that requires blending of ingredients with different textures. We use it to prepare the filling for deviled eggs, where the curvature of the blender also acts like a bowl scraper to make mixing easier. And it cleans up easily and is dishwasher safe.
An excellent version of a basic tool, well-designed and highly functional … definitely a Cool Tool! If you don’t have a dough blender, then you need this one. And if you do have one, then you need to look carefully at how the Deluxe Pastry Blender from Cuisipro is so much better!
- High quality Stainless Steel
- Secure grip handle
- 1 ¾”/4.5cm wide x 6”/15.5cm long
- Dishwasher safe
- Manufacturer’s 25 year warranty.