How to Make Stiff Egg White Peaks
There are many recipes that call for beaten egg whites until they're stiff, especially in the case of desserts and pastries. The truth is that this technique doesn't have to be a mystery, but it requires a lot of patience to make the egg whites acquire the right texture. You only need a hand whisk or an electric mixer and then follow the directions at OneHowTo.com about how to make stiff egg white peaks.
- Hand whisk or electric mixer
- Small bowl
The first step to make stiff egg white peaks until they're stiff is to take them out of the fridge so they're not too cold and then crack them into a bowl. Crack them carefully to avoid the shells falling into little pieces.
Then, separate the egg yolks from the whites, since you won't be using the yolks. There are several ways to do it and although one of the most common is to use the eggshell itself, this isn't recommended. We suggest that you do it directly using your hand or use a bottle.
Before starting to beat them, it's important to add a pinch of salt to the egg whites to acquire the perfect consistency. Make sure to use a perfectly clean bowl to beat the egg whites in, with no trace of oil or soap, since otherwise it will be harder for them to form stiff peaks.
You can use a hand whisk or electric mixer to beat the egg whites into stiff peaks. While it's more practical to use an electric mixer, it's recommended to use a fork first to make the whites more fluffy or put the mixer on a low speed.
Then, beat the egg whites vigorously or at a high speed so that they start to form peaks and acquire the appropriate texture and consistency. To determine if they're ready or if you should continue beating them, lift the beaters to see if the peaks remain stiff and well formed. If they fall and lose shape, continue beating them.
Another way to check if the egg whites have stiff enough peaks is to turn the bowl upside down and if they stick together, without spilling a drop, then you'll know that they're ready. You can also try to put a spoon in the bowl and see if it stands up.
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- It takes time to beat the egg whites until they're stiff so you must be patient and consistent.