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Do You Know the Right Way to Use a Whisk? [VIDEO]

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Everyone knows the correct way to use a whisk, right? Wrong.

We’ve noticed that different cooks seem to favor different motions when using a whisk. Some prefer side-to-side strokes, others use circular stirring, and others like the looping action of beating that takes the whisk up and out of the bowl. That got us wondering: Is any one of these motions more effective than the others?

The results may surprise you. Watch below to discover what we learned.

This science experiment hails from the newest issue (July/August 2014) of Cook’s Illustrated (learn more about print and iPad editions).

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Banana Pudding is a classic dessert for good reasons. With fruity, creamy pudding layered between crisp wafer cookies — what’s not to love? Photo:  @someemptyfriend. Recipe link in profile. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qWOkdA)

Banana Pudding is a classic dessert for good reasons. With fruity, creamy pudding layered between crisp wafer cookies — what’s not to love? Photo: @someemptyfriend. Recipe link in profile. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qWOkdA)

How sweet! Our project manager, @brittdresser, rocks a homemade bow tie from @treatssf. Although, this cookie was quickly consumed after this photo was taken. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qWOim6)

How sweet! Our project manager, @brittdresser, rocks a homemade bow tie from @treatssf. Although, this cookie was quickly consumed after this photo was taken. (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qWOim6)

One of our all-time favorite bloggers, @treatssf, visited the Test Kitchen today and dropped off a batch of tasty, iconic bow tie cookies. Thanks, Truc! (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1p9pJ5W)

One of our all-time favorite bloggers, @treatssf, visited the Test Kitchen today and dropped off a batch of tasty, iconic bow tie cookies. Thanks, Truc! (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1p9pJ5W)

Another photo, another pie! @vduersch’s take on our Fresh Strawberry Pie showcases the true beauty of red, ripe berries. But we want to know, where’s our slice? (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vtmmbW)

Another photo, another pie! @vduersch’s take on our Fresh Strawberry Pie showcases the true beauty of red, ripe berries. But we want to know, where’s our slice? (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vtmmbW)

There seemed to be a trend this weekend for Father’s Day, and we can see why! Juicy, ripe berries baked into a buttery crust is the perfect dessert to celebrate Dad. Keep on sharing your photos with #atkgrams. Photo: @cmcnulty789 (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/SNxK3P)

There seemed to be a trend this weekend for Father’s Day, and we can see why! Juicy, ripe berries baked into a buttery crust is the perfect dessert to celebrate Dad. Keep on sharing your photos with #atkgrams. Photo: @cmcnulty789 (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/SNxK3P)

Thanks for following #cookscountrygoessouth; it was as sweet as @rpick23’s grandmother’s fruit cake with caramel frosting. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1y1hrkT)

Thanks for following #cookscountrygoessouth; it was as sweet as @rpick23’s grandmother’s fruit cake with caramel frosting. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1y1hrkT)

As @bryanroof gets ready to taste and judge the cooking competition at Taste of Country USA, I (@thewilderthings) am eying these ribeyes frying in butter. #heaven? #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qMYxZS)

As @bryanroof gets ready to taste and judge the cooking competition at Taste of Country USA, I (@thewilderthings) am eying these ribeyes frying in butter. #heaven? #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1qMYxZS)

This is Mr. Walter Frazier, who brought 10 of his family recipes to us at the Taste of Country USA Festival. Above and beyond. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1nE5ax2)

This is Mr. Walter Frazier, who brought 10 of his family recipes to us at the Taste of Country USA Festival. Above and beyond. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1nE5ax2)

We’re all set up at the Taste of Country USA Festival! @bryanroof has already had five plates of BBQ, we’ve heard about some great recipes, and the music is starting up. It’s a good day here in Tennessee. -@thewilderthings #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1lkSLcM)

We’re all set up at the Taste of Country USA Festival! @bryanroof has already had five plates of BBQ, we’ve heard about some great recipes, and the music is starting up. It’s a good day here in Tennessee. -@thewilderthings #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1lkSLcM)

Day 3 of the Cook’s Country Southern tour: We’re heading into Springfield, TN, where we’re setting up a booth at the Taste of Country USA festival. We’re excited to hear about folks’ heirloom recipes, and @bryanroof is gearing up to judge two cooking competitions. Updates to follow! -@thewilderthings #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vfStM7)

Day 3 of the Cook’s Country Southern tour: We’re heading into Springfield, TN, where we’re setting up a booth at the Taste of Country USA festival. We’re excited to hear about folks’ heirloom recipes, and @bryanroof is gearing up to judge two cooking competitions. Updates to follow! -@thewilderthings #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vfStM7)

We had the best time at Papa KayJoes BBQ with our hostess @rpick23. Watch out world, Ruby’s gonna run you one day. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vbiIU7)

We had the best time at Papa KayJoes BBQ with our hostess @rpick23. Watch out world, Ruby’s gonna run you one day. -@thewilderthings and @bryanroof #cookscountrygoessouth (A live Instagram snapshot from the Test Kitchen. http://ift.tt/1vbiIU7)