Attention all baking enthusiasts! Your time in the kitchen is about to get a whole lot easier (or at a minimum less messy when it comes to clean up after the mixing). The man to thank for this is Matthew Michel of Los Angeles, California. He and a team of collaborators found “an answer to wiping all the loops of a whisk at once”, while historically “many of us have done [this] with our fingers or tongues”.
Michel, a self-proclaimed inventor, has also patented simple enhancements to hair clippers for those intimidated by their buzzing whirl—namely young children and pets. These businesses, Calming Clipper and Scaredy Cut, respectively, have been going strong for five years. Michel firmly believes in manufacturing his products in the US as “having domestic production is key to quality control”.
“The first prototype [of the latest invention] was made in a day with silicone gasket in a cardboard mold and it still works great!”
The kitchen aid is called the Whisk Wiper. It is an injection molded adaptor that snugly fits over any whisk enabling you to swiftly and efficiently clean the whisk after each use. Its design elevates the whisk when placed horizontally on table tops, preventing messes. It also catches drips when held vertically. The Whisk Wiper is nearly a circle with one protruding corner similar to the shape of a heavy water drop. Its shape further enables the Whisk Wiper to wipe out rounded bowls of squared corners not wasting any of your precious batter, frosting or secret sauce.
Michel and team are working with C&G Mercury Plastics in LA, 20 minutes from their office, to manufacture the Whisk Wipers. They have also been in search for the perfect whisk and located a manufacture in Portland, Oregon. “We will be working with them to produce a perfectly-fitting whisk to be paired with our first batch of Whisk Wipers,” says Michel.
The Whisk Wiper has four colors to choose from Glass Blue, Aquamarine, Violet and Clear. Pending a few thousand dollars more pledged to the campaign an additional Kickstarter Green color will be added.
The Kickstarter campaign has been incredibly successful raising over 700% of needed funds with nearly 2,000 people backing the project—a strong validation of high consumer demand. The company’s YouTube promo video has also been widely circulated receiving over 3 million views.
Per the campaign the Whisk Wiper returns 95% of the food to the bowl and therefore requires less time and water spent on cleaning. When asked about the long-term vision of the Whisk Wiper Michel explained, “I plan to develop the product line into a real transformation in how we work in the kitchen from hygiene to water conservation”.
This may be a selling point for some but the sheer simplicity and ingenious design is perhaps its biggest selling point. In fact, from a unique design standpoint the US government issued two patents already with more pending.
So what are you waiting for? Back this campaign today and POP a Whisk Wiper into your mix of kitchen aids.
Whisk Wiper Kickstarter Campaign
Whisk Wiper’s Website