Baking can be an art. However, I think it is more a science. I know having the right baking tools (and using them correctly) for the job is the best way to get the results you want. I know baking is not for everyone but it can be fun when you get that recipe just right. AND Oh the smiles on my family’s faces when I bake is priceless!
Baking Tools for Measuring
- Dry ingredient measuring cups – These cups are exactly what they say they are. You use them for measuring dry ingredients like flour or sugar. You dip the cup into to the ingredient and level it off. These cups usually come in 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, and 1/8 cup.
- Liquid ingredient measuring cup – Again these cups are exactly what they say they are. You use them to measure liquid ingredients like water, milk, oil. You pour your liquid into the cup until it hits the correct measurement line. When you are measuring out a liquid don’t hold the cup put it on the counter and bring your eye down to the cup. This will ensure you have an accurate measurement.
- Measuring spoons – Spoons can be used for liquid or dry ingredients. Just make sure you are filling the spoon completely with your ingredient.
All three of these are must haves baking tools. I personally have 2 if not 3 sets for convenience. When I bake I usually bake in big batches and having more than one set saves me time. I don’t have to stop and clean a cup because I need it.
Baking Tools for Mixing
- Rubber Spatulas- I consider these a must in my kitchen let alone for baking. They are an all-around good tool to have for mixing and stirring. And yes I have more than one in my kitchen.
- Whisk – I whisk is another good tool to have in the kitchen. For years I had one and then discovered that having a small one was great for mixing dressings. So now I have several sizes.
- Mixing bowls – You can never have enough bowls. Many recipes tell you to mix one part in one size bowl and the other part in another bowl.
- Hand mixer – A Hand mixer is the least you should have for baking. For many years this is all I had.
- Stand mixer – I did not have a stand mixer for years and years. I had a hand mixer and did very well with it. BUT let me say I would not give up my stand mixer. They are stronger than hand mixers so when your batter is getting thick it will mix it. The attachments you can get with them are amazing. So if you can afford one GET one.
- Food processor – Again, for years I thought of this as a luxury. But now that I have one and I love it. I don’t use it to its full capacity however. I still like chopping and shredding myself.
- Pastry cutter-(not pictured) A pastry cutter is very useful to have if you like making pie crusts, but other things can be used to cut in butter. If you want to know some baking terms check out this post.
I consider rubber spatulas, whisk, mixing bowls and a hand mixer the must haves on the baking tools Mixing list.
Other helpful baking tools
- Bench scraper- A bench scraper is a useful tool if you are going to do a lot of kneading. It scrapes your work surface and helps you move and cut the dough.
- Scoops – Scoops are helpful to get uniform cookies. I love mine.
- Silpat – When I saw the pads for the first time I could not believe it. They are awesome. They prtect your cookie sheets from getting all crusting with drips etc. They protect the bottom of your cookies from burning.
- Pastry brush – A brush is good to have when you need to brush a dough on a pie or glazing.
- Baking pans – Now baking pans come in all shapes and sizes. Here is what I consider to be the minimum you should have. A cookie sheet (or sometimes called a baking sheet), a 9×13 rectangle, a square (9×9 or 8×8), 2- 9 inch cake pans, 9 inch pie tin, muffin tin and a loaf pan. With these you can pretty much bake anything.
- Timer – You gotta know when to pull the cookies out of the oven before the burn right?
- Cooking cutters – For cutting out rolled out cooking dough. There are millions of shapes. I like having the basic shapes on hand, round (for biscuits), Star, heart, gingerbread man.
- Flour sifter- This is used to put air into flour to make crusts light and flakey. Also, used to make sure there of no lumps in powdered sugar.
- Offset spatula – These spatulas come in all sizes. Having one or two in handy for frosting cakes and such.
- Rolling pin – Used for rolling out dough but also good for pounding on crackers to make crumbs.
The must haves are scoops, silpat, baking pans, timer and rolling pin. All the other tools I have mentioned are good to have but there are common equipment that can be used to get the job done.
Knowing how to use these tools will make baking less overwhelming. Baking is fun, easy and delicious when you know baking terms and how to use these tools.
Did I forget any baking toosl you can’t live without? I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below.
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