5 Baking Tools We Can’t Live Without
February 1, 2017
Being in the food industry, we are in the kitchen A LOT. From testing new recipes to teaching our baking classes at our mill in Armstrong, we’ve learned that life is just easier when you’ve got the right tools. Below, are 5 tools that we find to be the most important in a baker’s kitchen.
The Sturdy Spatula
We sometimes find ourselves elbow deep in muffin batter (especially when making recipes like our Make Today, Bake Tomorrow Muffins) where a wimpy, yes wimpy, spatula just won’t do. It’s important to invest in a few different types spatulas but for being a baking tool in particlar, we highly recommend one that is strong, durable and can handle a lot of batter. There’s nothing worse than losing the rubber head of your spatula mid-mix.
Whether you prefer a balloon whisk (more popular) or a flat whisk, these mixing tools are a MUST for any kitchen. Please read this great baking tool article about the variety of whisks out there and what they’re best used for–this is useful information! Never tried a flat whisk? Check out this one we found online.
Sometimes referred to as a ‘pastry cutter’, this baking tool is used to mix a hard (solid) fat into flour in order to make pastries and other pastry-like delectables. It is used by pressing down on the items to be mixed (known as “cutting in”). It is also used to break these fats (shortening, butter, lard) into smaller pieces. You can try and do this with your hands but if you’re not a skilled baker, the outcome may not be ideal. We suggest using it when you can!
This could be one of the best things you buy for your kitchen…ever. There is a variety of sizes to choose from so you can make the perfect batch of equal sized cookies or muffins without getting your hands sticky and dirty. Don’t get us wrong, sometimes using your bare hands is half the fun, but for those times that you don’t feel like cleaning up cookie dough fingerprints all over the house, this is a great option.
Strong Measuring Cups/Spoons
We feel like everyone has a measuring cup story as they are often received as gifts. Maybe you’re still using your Tupperware measuring set you got at a party in the 80s (remember those?) or maybe you’re struggling every time you try to pack brown sugar in your weak dollar store set but just never think to invest in new ones. We have found that you can never go wrong with strong, stainless steel measuring cups and spoons. Yes, they are a bit pricier, but they will last you a lifetime.
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