Stir

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Stirring means to move a liquid or substance around, using a spoon or something relatively similar. Stirring is slightly different than mixing, although the two terms are often used interchangeably. Mixing generally means to combine substances in a way that cannot be easily separated. Stirring can be for just one ingredient, while mixing involves several.

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Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Stirring isn’t too complex. Just move the spoon or other stirring instrument around a bit. However, over time you may find other ways to perfect the fine art of stirring. Will you go for the gentle circle? Or will you opt for the more sophisticated figure eight? The choice is yours.

What You Will Need:

For stirring, a wooden spoon is recommended. Wood is insulated so will not heat up as severely as metal when cooking. It is also soft, so no worries about scratching up your nice pans. Plus let’s be honest, wood is simply cheaper than metal.

 

Basic Steps:

For almost anything, the best way to stir is to have a relaxed grip on the spoon and to use gentle stirring motions. The best stirring pattern is a circle, since it allows the ingredients to flow around the container. However, sometimes a lateral straight method of stirring can work just as well. It is honestly your call, since as long as the spoon is moving you can’t go wrong.

Tips For You:

  • Don’t stir too slow, since your ingredients might settle!

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