Baking has been my first love for many years now. Whether it’s cakes, muffins or waffles nothing keeps me out of the kitchen and in all these years I have been baking I learnt one thing that if you want to be quick and good at it you need plenty of good tools.
Buying stuff randomly won’t make the cut. So here’s a list of all the things that are a must and worth the investment.
Ingredient weighing scale
A common habit of every good baker is to measure each and every ingredient being put into the batter. Measuring ingredients is an important part of baking and helps reduces errors and the simplest way to do so is using a food scale.
They are sleek and will fit anywhere into the kitchen and are very accurate. Leaving to it chance can give you bizarre results such as burnt or flat cakes etc.
An indispensable piece of equipment for every baker is a hand beater but only if your production scale is small. These are usually cheap and easy to store when not in use but for those working on a large scale I would recommend a stand mixer. I’d also recommend a Keurig k55 for those recipes that need just a dash of espresso.
The best thing you can do is get both but only if affordable. In case you’ve just started out and are looking to gain experience and develop your skills opt only for a medium range hand mixer.
One of the most underrated tools is an oven thermometer but trust me it will come in more handy than you’d first expect. Until and unless you have digital oven you can never really be sure of the oven’s temperature.
Whether it is only a 5-10 degree difference it can lead to wastage of tons of hours and money in a matter of minutes. Thermometers are affordable and can be stored simply inside the oven.
Like baking the batter at the right temperature is important equally important is cooling it down to the right temperature too. This makes it easier to cream it later on as it tends to hold on better. This is where a cooling rack comes in handy.
Unlike on a counter or the tray itself, on a cooling rack the food cools down evenly. I have about 10-15 of them but to start off 2-3 should be enough.
Mixing Bowls and a bunch of spoons
Until and unless you’ve decided to go with a stand mixer you’ll need to buy a set of different sized mixing bowls. These bowls reduce splatter thus save cleaning as well as mixing time and provide you with an even and well mixed batter.Glass bowls tend to be the best as compared to stainless steel ones but need more care.
Along with these bowls and next most important tools are measuring spoons. Accuracy is a key principle of baking which makes these spoons a must.