I like to mix batter and stir my coffee. I got to thinking about mixing and stirring and what, if anything it all means. I also got to thinking about whether or not it really matters. The answer is yes and no. What to do? What to do? Post this brilliant blog about the difference of course!
Okay, here I go... I found this by typing in "meaning of mix/stir" on the web:
By definition, to mix means 'combine or put together to form one substance or mass.' By definition, stir means 'move a spoon or other implement around in (a liquid or other substance) in order to mix it thoroughly.' One of these things is not like the other, Dear Readers. Can you guess which one is not like the other before I finish this blog? Sure you can! If you need a little hint, one does not necessarily involve motion.
You see, Dear Readers, I "mix" my batter, sometimes without a spoon, by simply agitating the bowl a bit. I "stir" my coffee every which way and then back again to ensure the sugar (yes, I am back to using touch) dissolves and the half and half is well incorporated. I also find it relaxing to watch the three ingredients to combine into one, perfect cup of joy. (Gosh, I am easy to entertain!)
Why does mixing versus stirring matter anyway. I mean, who really cares? I do silly! My new cookbook is finally in the final edit phase and I believe consistency is important, especially in recipes! I know the terms "mixing" and "stirring" seem interchangeable but they actually are not. Once again I have expanded your knowledge base. I bet you're super happy you tuned in to my site.
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