Beat cooking definition
To Beat means to mix foods thoroughly to blend to a smooth consistency using a spoon, fork, whisk or electric beater/mixer to thoroughly incorporate the ingredients along with air.
For example, egg whites can be beaten until they are light and airy and the volume has increased.
When a batter or dough is beaten, this is usually done using a mixer, either a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
You can do your beating by hand, but this can take a lot of time and energy.
Beating with an appliance is an easier way to get the job done.
Examples of “Beat” in recipes
- Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture is doubled in size and lemon coloured.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
How To Beat Eggs
How To Beat Flour Into a Mixture
How to beat egg whites until stiff
Beating egg whites until stiff is necessary to make many sweet or savoury recipes, such as a soft sponge cake or a cheese soufflé.
You’ll see, it’s not difficult: you just need to follow few simple tips.
- Before beating, leave the eggs out of the fridge for at least an hour.
- First of all, separate the egg whites from the yolks, taking care that no yolk remains in the whites.
- Take a bowl and an electric beater, perfectly clean, pour the egg whites into the bowl and start beating.
If you want, add a pinch of salt.
- In the first stage, the mixture will be very foamy
When it’s white and soft, you’ll have semi-whipped egg whites.
- Continue beating until the mixture is firm: if you turn the bowl upside down, the egg whites won’t fall out.
- Don’t wait for too long before using the eggs, since the mixture will reduce in volume.
The eggs can’t be used anymore.
- If you want to beat the egg whites with the sugar, add 1/3 at the beginning, 1/3 at half time and 1/3 at the end.