Any time is a good time for baking. Whether you are making cookies, baking bread, or constructing a birthday cake, having the right equipment is important and can make the whole experience less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are the Top 10 basic supplies you need to get your kitchen ready for baking.
1. Measuring cups and spoons
Have separate cups for dry and liquid ingredients. Be sure to level off the dry ingredients and check the liquids at eye level to ensure accuracy.
2. Mixing bowls of varying sizes
Make sure to use the right size bowl so that it is easy to work with as well as use the right type of bowl. Stainless steel, plastic, and glass all have different qualities, so determine which one is best for you.
Sift flour into your mixture so that it does not clump.
Whisk: For beating eggs or whipping cream Spoon: To scoop out ingredients into the mixing bowl or stir Spatula: A flat, metal one for leveling ingredients and a rounded one for frosting. Rubber scraper : For scraping off the sides of the mixing bowl Pastry brush: Brushing melted butter or egg onto the pastry
Mix dough and batter either with a handheld or a stand mixer . It depends on your preference and how much baking you do as to which one you should get. Stand mixers are good for thick, heavy dough, but handheld mixers tend to be easier to clean.
6. Rolling pin
Use a cloth cover sprinkled with flour on the rolling pin , so that it does not stick to the dough when you are rolling it out.
7. Dough cutter
Make sure your cutter is sharp, especially when cutting thick dough.
8. Aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and parchment baking paper
You may want to line your baking pan with one of these so that it is easier to clean up. Sometimes, certain recipes call for a type of paper, so be sure to have them on stock. After baking, you can also cover the food in plastic wrap to help preserve it.
9. Baking sheets and pans, muffin and bread pans, pastry and dessert molds
It helps to have pans in varying sizes so that you do not end up with a lot of dough and a small pan.
10. Wire rack
After your treats are out of the oven place them on a wire rack . This allows air flow all round the baked good so that it cools evenly.