Whether it is muffins or meringue you are making, choosing the proper
mixing bowl is more
important than you may think.
Bowl material: What a bowl is made of will determine its usefulness in
the kitchen. Most materials is dishwasher safe, but stainless steel isn't
microwavable. Both stainless and
are durable, however ceramic tends to be heavy to lift.
Bowl size and shape: Do have a set of bowls in in graduating sizes.
Shape is also important. A
deep bowl with
straight sides and narrow opening is best for beating liquids. The higher sides
keep them from splashing out of the bowl. But when folding a beaten mixture into
something, do so in a
bowl with a wider opening. This allows to tuck the spatula underneath the
Stainless steel bowls work best when using a hand mixer to beat egg
whites or cream. The beats don't bounce off of the bottom of the bowl, making it
easier to control the hand mixer.
Glass nesting bowls store easily, and are durable, see-through, and
Ceramic bowls -
heavy stoneware bowls
stay put on the counter, and are great for mixing dough that require some elbow
Melamine - a hard, durable plastic, is quite light, but it is not
microwavable or stain-or crack-resistant. Bowls with a rubber gripper bottom are
handy. The rubber keeps the bowl from moving on the countertop during mixing.