Making the perfect matcha at home means using a bamboo matcha whisk (also known as a chasen in Japanese)! Using one can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually super simple once you get the hang of it.
Here are our top 5 tips for mastering the matcha whisk:
Soak your whisk! While you’re prepping the rest of your matcha setup, let the tines of your whisk rest in some warm water for a minute or two. This helps the whisk soften and prevents breakage.
Nail your whisking technique: make sure you’re moving your whisk super quickly and in a zig-zag motion across your matcha bowl. This method is more effective at whisking air into your matcha than circular motions! You’ll want to use a light touch and be careful not to press the tines into the bottom of your bowl with too much force.
Whisk for at least 30 seconds to aerate your matcha and create the perfect layer of froth.
Rinse your matcha whisk immediately after using it! It’s way easier than trying to scrub dried matcha off of it, and will keep your whisk in better condition for longer. Just swirl your whisk around in a bowl of warm water (or run the tines under the sink). Never use soap or put it in the dishwasher!
- Pat off any excess water, and let your whisk dry while standing on its handle (or on a ceramic whisk holder if you have one!). Never dry your whisk on its side – this will cause it to lose its shape and functionality. Allow your whisk to dry completely before putting it away in a cabinet.
Matcha whisks are made from a natural material, so they can easily deteriorate if not cared for properly. Following these steps should keep your whisk in good shape for at least a year! We recommend replacing your matcha whisk whenever the tines start to break or the shape begins to warp.
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