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Beating Egg Whites to Soft Peaks

Egg whites are easily overbeaten. This is what they look like at what's called "soft-peak stage."

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Egg whites that had been allowed to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes will beat up higher and faster than cold egg whites. To beat egg whites to a soft peak stage, use an electric mixer set on medium or a rotary beater. Scrape sides of the bowl frequently with a rubber spatula. You will want to continue to beat the eggs until the peaks will curl when the beaters are lifted from the mixture.