Stir, whisk, beat, or fold what is the best way to mix?
Whenever I think about mixing techniques, I am reminded of a cartoon that I once saw. It depicted a man saying "The recipe said to fold in one egg, so I fried it first and then folded it in half!"
Funny, but clearly incorrect.
The technique used to mix two or more ingredients together will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Mixing will obviously combine ingredients, but the procedure chosen can also incorporate air (such as beating or whisking), or minimize incorporated air from escaping (as in folding).
The following Q&A serves as a perfect example to the application of different mixing techniques.