Kitchen Utensil: Foley Fork

August 3, 2012

in Baking equipment

The Foley Fork, also called a blending fork, is a 6-tined kitchen utensil that has become a rather chic item to own.  Julia Child used one occasionally on her original The French Chef television series, and she waxed poetic over it.  The fork does a great job mashing potatoes, making guacamole, blending fat into flour for a pastry, beating eggs, stirring sauces, mixing batters, whisking salad dressing, and many other kitchen tasks.

No longer manufactured, you can usually find a used one on eBay, but it’s apt to be pricey.  Don’t despair!  You can buy brand-new replicas known by various names. Mine–in the photo above–is a stainless steel Granny Fork (manufactured by Norpro).  It cost me $8.00 and it does everything an original Foley Fork does.  Another brand is RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Fantastic Food Fork.

 The tines are flat and broad, about 3/16-inches wide.

And they don’t all lie in one plane.

It’s this configuration that makes the fork so efficient.

If you google “Foley Fork, ” pages of entries pop up.   Have fun browsing.  If you can’t find a replica at your local hardware store, buying one online is a snap. Once you use one you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.    

 

 

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Kay W August 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I never knew this existed, but now I’ve ordered one! Thanks so much – this will be an invaluable addition to my kitchen.

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Phyllis Simnacher January 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

My Foley fork was a wedding shower gift, back in 1956, and I’ve really enjoyed bread mixing from scratch. Just recently, in 2012, it came apart at the spot weld. Now, I see they have improved them to one piece of metal. Good! Where might I find one in the Cedar rapids or Waterloo, IA area?

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Greg Patent January 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I bought a Granny Fork, which is today’s version of the Foley Fork online from Amazon.com. It cost me $7.95 plus shipping. You can find original old Foley Forks on ebay, but they’re pretty pricey. Thanks for writing.

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Nancy Hudson October 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

I inherited my foley fork from my mom. The one which we used extensively when I was growing up. I was surprise that my friends never heard of one.I could never find one in stores. So I am pleased that now some are being sold online that I can now buy some for my daughters. No other utensil has been so useful for me.I’m surprised it is not sold in stores.

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Greg Patent October 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

I’m realy glad you wrote. I use the granny fork almost everyday to beat eggs for omelets, mash potatoes, and just as a general blending tool.

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Joy P November 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

My Dad always used a Folley Fork when he cooked. It broke and He looked everywhere but could never find a replacement. He passed away several years ago. Cooking is one of the things that reminds me of him. Thank you for the info. Having even a replica will bring back so many memories. I think I just figured out what I will be giving my siblings for Christmas.

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Greg Patent November 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory of your father. This fork will make a great gift to anyone. I use my granny fork all the time.

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Bonnie Hill January 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

When I was a teen, I was helping my Mom in the kitchen and tried to straighten the tines on her Foley Fork (thinking that somehow they had gotten bent). I got a good lesson about why they were “crooked” and yes, leave them alone!! She also told me the history of her fork. My grandparents owned a resort in Northern Minnesota and members of the Foley family from Minneapolis used to vacation there. Each of Mom’s sisters as well as my Grandmother were given a Foley Fork as a gift from that family. I still have Mom’s original and treasure it! I use it often just as she did and it mixes/stirs/blends everything so well. Many people of my age have never heard of one.

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Greg Patent January 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Thank you, Bonnie, for this great story. I use my Foley fork substitute, Granny fork, all the time. I depend on it so much that When I travel, I take it with me!

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