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Most Used Baking Necessities You Should Have in Your Kitchen
Our kitchen is not that type where all baking needs can be found because it is just a simple kitchen with only the most used paraphernalia like spoons, forks, plates, pans, pots, drinking glasses, bowls and others are placed accordingly in just a small portion of the kitchen. Why am I telling you this? Simply because I survived years working inside our kitchen with just these simple necessities on hand. I cook various viands whether fried, boiled, steamed, sautéed and baked even without the most expensive utensils with me. If you ask me how, I simply did it with improvised tools and by using the resources I already have which can do the work for an equipment which is absent in our kitchen. In baking, same story can be applied. For me, this list of baking necessities can help you survive all the baking adventures you want for the rest of the years to come. Please take note that this is based only on my own opinion which I have already proven during my baking experiences.
1. Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons
Yes, measuring spoons and cups are my number one on the list because it has a real great impact in the output of my baking adventures. The texture, taste and even the color and smell of the cakes, pastries, breads and cookies depends on the accuracy in measurement of all dry and liquid ingredients mixed together. You cannot guarantee accuracy buy just measuring ingredients with the regular cups and spoons inside your cupboards and assuming they are just equal to the required size of ingredient needed. Some recipes strictly require you to use measuring cups and spoons and others will just mention dashes, pinches, pieces and etc. depending on how proven the recipe also works for the one who shared it. Besides, measuring cups and spoons are sold at an inexpensive price but of good quality like for example the set of measuring spoons sold by 1EasyLife for only 11.99 for 6 pieces in a set.
Spatulas come in many forms for different purposes. There are spatulas for flipping, frosting and scraping. They come in to be a must have because no other utensil inside your kitchen can do their job for you. My favorite among the three is the spatula used for scraping because it can do more works than the others. It is used to:
- transfer your batter mixture into the baking pans
- scrape excess batter and other liquid ingredients
- gently fold ingredients
The other two spatulas mainly are for flipping pancakes and cookies, loosening baked breads, cakes and pastries for cooling or transferring, and for applying frostings and icings. These specific functions are the reasons why you should give them more importance than the others.
3. Mixer or Whisks
Whisks also come in various sizes but I recommend you just buy the large one so that it could work with large quantities of mixes. When you have whisks you can already survive baking even without a food mixer but if you have enough budget, it is also a must because in cases where you need extensive or more effort to mix ingredients, you might achieve a better mixture by using an electric mixer rather than manually mixing with whisks. I remember during my baking classes in high school, we rarely use electric mixers. Instead, our teacher prefers to use the whisk especially in beating egg whites, folding, and batter mixing.
4. Baking Pans and Baking Tins
Of course, your baking will not be complete without baking pans. Pans do come in many sizes and shapes too so it depends actually on you if how often do you bake. If you bake for family consumption only or during special occasions, you might just want to invest in just two to three pans of different sizes. If you are baking as an income source, this surely is one of the most in number in your collections as you will need to have a complete set of different sizes and shapes to be always ready for your customer’s preferences.
5. Mixing Bowls
I remember my baking teacher reminding us of having at least one stainless steel mixing bowl and one plastic. I didn’t notice the difference until she explained it to us that the two have different impacts in mixing ingredients. Like for example when beating egg whites for frosting or icing, she prefers using a plastic mixing bowl. Stainless steel has a component in it that may cause discoloration in foods but is definitely harmless. The thing is, if you want to achieve a more vibrant color in your frosting or icing you might consider this fact.
Other baking necessities will include rolling pins, parchment papers, pastry brush and scales but like I said, it depends on how often you are baking.