Welcome to the first post in my Baking Basics! I have created this baking basics as a place where we can discuss baking questions, give handy hints and tips, beginner demonstrations and explanations and talk about kitchen tools and gadgets, ingredients and all things baking! To kick off the baking basics I am sharing my kitchen equipment essentials. These are tools of the trade and equipment that I use all the time when baking and you will see featured frequently in my (and others) recipes:
Wooden Mixing Spoons – I use these every time I’m in the kitchen and I love that they come in a pack as you will usually use more than one and it saves washing them in the middle of a baking session!
Measuring Spoons – These are another essential in the kitchen and again, stainless steel is a fantastic option.
Spatula – I never really used a spatula until recently. They are fantastic for scraping down the sides of the bowl or for mixing. (I love fun spatulas!)
Kitchen Scales – Definitely! Scales are essential in the kitchen, I use mine to weigh butter mostly but I know a lot of people prefer to weigh out all of the ingredients to ensure a good bake. Some recipes also only have weights so getting a kitchen scales with a bowl is fantastic.
Knives – Essential in any kitchen that goes without saying! I like just small knives for baking as I’m usually only using them to chop butter but having a set of good knives is fantastic. (I would love one of these, isn’t it beautiful? But I can’t afford that just yet!)
Chopping Board – Chopping (even butter) on a chopping board really is the way to go. I know sometimes it seems silly to get a chopping board out just to chop one thing but chopping straight onto a bench dulls the blades of your knives.