Advice on Baking - Baking Supply Basics for Beginners

Baking Supply Baking supplies come in all shapes and sizes, and a beginning baker will find advice on baking - stocking the kitchen with tools incredibly helpful. While it's nice to have extra equipment, the beginning baker's kitchen can be stocked with...

Baking Supply
Baking Supply

Baking supplies come in all shapes and sizes, and a beginning baker will find advice on baking - stocking the kitchen with tools incredibly helpful. While it's nice to have extra equipment, the beginning baker's kitchen can be stocked with only the essentials. After the cash flows in from the amazing desserts which come out of these bare essentials, the "fun stuff" can be purchased.

1. Measuring Cups and Spoons

This is where every baker begins. These tools come in a variety of materials, so choose the stainless steel varieties if you want these to last for a long time. These tools are for dry ingredients.

2. Measuring Cups for Liquid

These are the bigger measuring cups with handles. They look similar to large mugs and come in glass or plastic. The material doesn't matter; if you tend to drop things often, go with plastic. While it may be tempting to just go with the dry ingredient measuring cups for baking, the liquid measurements will not be as accurate as they would be in the liquid measuring cups.

3. Mixing Bowls

Get a variety of mixing bowls for the beginning kitchen. Luckily, many brands sell mixing bowl variety packs, so the cost doesn't have to be extravagant. The bowls come in small, medium, large and extra large varieties. You will want at least one of each, as you will often use more than one bowl for each recipe. The bowls come in plastic and stainless steel. Again, the stainless steel will last longer and often works best with the other baking equipment, such as the whisks and spoons.

4. Mixing Spoons

These also come in a variety of styles and materials. As with the bowls, they can sometimes be purchased in a package. Spoons can be found in plastic, metal or wood varieties. The wood is not recommended, as it cracks and can harbor bacteria. Stainless steel metal will last longest and be easier to clean, but plastic will be more cost effective. Be sure to have at least four or five of these on hand.

5. Wire Whisk

This is essential in one or two different sizes. Baking requires beating eggs, mixing milk and combining flour with other dry ingredients. The whisk will be used often.

Whisk and a mixing bowl
Whisk and a mixing bowl

6. Rolling Pin

This is especially handy if you will be making pies, shaped cookies or pastries. They come in wood or plastic and include moving parts inside the handles. Again, the wood is not advisable due to hidden areas for bacteria.

7. Spatulas

These come in a few different varieties and can be purchased in a pack. The silicone variety can be used in high temperatures and are typically dishwasher safe. The metal varieties serve to remove baked goods from baking pans. The wooden handle, plastic top variety, again, will harbor a number of germs in the handle and under the plastic top. Additionally, purchase an offset spatula for cake decorating. This is a spatula which looks similar to a pancake turner but the blade is long and even instead of rectangular in shape.

8. Pastry Boards

These come in materials such as wood, marble and plastic. They work great for rolling pastry dough, but the marble variety can get pricey. Purchase marble if you can afford it, if not, purchase a cheaper plastic version.

9. Cooling Racks

Purchase more than one cooling rack. They are typically metal and allow air to pass around the baked goods, cooling them faster. The number of cooling racks directly correlates with your amount of baking.

Baking Pans
Baking Pans

10. Baking Pan Sets

These come in packs and are typically metal. They are created in a variety of different shapes and heights: oblong, round, square, large, small and flat. It is wise to try to purchase at least one of each to stock the baking kitchen.

11. Knives

Every kitchen needs a nice set of knives. If cost is a factor, start with one butcher knife, one paring knife, one serrated knife and one bread knife. These will assist you in the beginning. As the baking increases, the knife set should also expand.

12. Pastry Needs

A pastry blender, pastry brushes, pastry bags and pastry scraper are very helpful when building cakes. You will only need one blender. You will, however, need numerous brushes, bags and scrapers. These come in packs and can sometimes be purchased as sets to reduce cost.

13. Flour Sifter

Some recipes call for thin flour. The sifter will thin out the flour, as well as the baking soda or any other dry ingredient which needs to be thinned from its packaged state. These are typically metal, and if you can get stainless steel, it will last longer. They look like large bottomless mugs with nets in the middle.

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