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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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

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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Lissa Streeter October 14, 2014 at 2:57 am

Gee ! I know this is an old thread but have to set the record straight!

Your lovely tool is missing the crucial aspect of a Foley fork ! The 6 tines of a foley fork are slightly twisted to one side. Your’s look like they lie flat.

My Mom inherited my grandmas Foley fork on her passing and when i became a foodstylist i went on the hunt for one too. Bought a few copies ( tines flat like yours like yours), tried to modify by twisting each tine…and finally gave up! They lost their strength and soon broke off ! After years of looking in garage sales, went onto ebay, bought the real thing and now have two .

I’m interested in your comment that Julia Childs was a fan of Foley forks. Would you be able to tell us where you read that? Or what show she mentioned them on?

Thanks for your bloggin’. I’m a new blogger and am learning so much from you pros!

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Greg Patent October 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hi, Lissa, the tines on my fork do not lie flat. They bend up at an angle. And the fork performs superbly. Julia Child used the Foley Fork on her Potato Show (that’s the first time I saw her use it). You can stream the show on Amazon. Thanks for your family story about the fork. I know how obsessed one can become about cooking gadgets. Take a look at my angel food cake post and you’ll see that I’m a collector of flat wire whips! Many thanks for writing.

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Lissa Streeter October 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Yup. Yup. I see what you describe Greg. That your fork “bend upwards” and doesn’t lie flat on the same plane. But that isn’t what a Foley fork does. Each tine is twisted literally not upwards but at a slight diagonal. It is very hard to photograph but I’ll give it a try tomorrow.

Sorry but you are going to have to get a real Foley fork and compare. Nice try tho! I’ll have a look at Julia and her Potatoes !

Ooo and flat whisks! Have you seen the danish bread whisk by any chance ? Real beauty.

Thanks for your response. I love angelfood cakes! A Pop favorite. But they don’t fly over here in France. Too sweet for the french!

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Greg Patent October 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I’ll go to ebay to look at foley forks. But I’m very happy with my Granny Fork. If you can get a picture to me of the twist in the tines, I’d appreciate it. Yes, I do have that Danish bread beater and I love it.

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