I get asked all the time what my favorite kitchen tools are, so I thought I would compile a few of them here for all of you! These tools are some of my tried and true. I started using most of them when I started pastry school and others I have fallen in love with along the way. Each of these truly makes my time in the kitchen so much easier and more enjoyable.
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A Kitchen Scale
If you buy nothing else on this list, BUY THIS. It will change your baking game. It speeds up the measuring process while also being so much more accurate than cups, which leads to a greater chance that your recipes will turn out the way they are supposed to. I list the cup and gram measurement for all of my recipes. If you want to compare, do one recipe both ways and I promise you the scale will win your heart. It is my #1-forever-can’t bake without product. I LOVE KITCHEN SCALES.
King Arthur Flour has the best conversion chart. I use it every time I’m baking with a recipe that doesn’t show the weights.
This is the scale I was given the first day of pastry school and the one I still use two years later. I have never even had to change the batteries. It is accurate and durable. This scale is perfect, in my eyes, but I have listed some cheaper options with good reviews.
I cannot even tell you how many silicone spatulas I have. I used them every single time I bake or cook. They scrape every last drop out of bowls, clean easily, are heat resistant, I could go on and on. I love silicone spatulas, especially the ones that are totally smooth, like the ones linked below, because nothing gets left behind.
An Oven Thermometer
Y’all, we have been taught to trust our oven when it tells us that it is a certain temperature. DON’T. TRUST. YOUR. OVEN. Unless you have a brand new oven or have recently had it adjusted, it is probably off. This is something I learned in pastry school and I was shocked. I bought an oven thermometer as soon as I got home. One of my parent’s oven is off by 50 degrees. FIFTY. That can have a major effect on your end result! My own oven is off by about 15 degrees and it is only a few months old. Buy an oven thermometer, get to know your oven, thank me later.
A Bench Scraper
A bench scraper might be one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen. It can be used to scrape every last piece of food mess off of your counter (hence the name), to cut butter into scones and pie crusts, to get a smooth icing on a cake, etc. It is the best. I use it all the time and you should too.
Bet you didn’t think you’d see Nike’s on this list, did you? These slides are everything to me. If I am in the kitchen, I am wearing these shoes. My husband gave them to me as one of my gifts on our wedding day and they made me love him even more. I used to get the worst back pains after just an hour or so in the kitchen. With these babies, I can bake my little hiney off and feel fresh as can be.
A Hand Mixer
Don’t get me wrong, I love my stand mixer, but it’s big. I have a 6-quart professional KitchenAide stand mixer and for a big batch recipe she is a champ, but for anything smaller? Not so much. A hand mixer is so easy to grab out of the cabinet and mix something up really quick and so easy to clean. I can just toss the beaters into the dishwasher instead of having to wash the giant bowl of my stand mixer and whatever attachments I used. If you want a mixer, but don’t bake often or don’t want the big investment right now, I highly recommend trying a hand mixer.
This is the one I use: KitchenAid Hand Mixer
My parents have this one and love it: Cuisinart Handheld Mixer
A Silpat is a silicone baking mat (Silpat is an actual brand, but people use Silpat and silicone mat interchangeably). I use Silpats almost every time I bake for multiple reasons. First, they are reusable and I am ALL about sustainability and using reusable products whenever possible. Second, they are so easy to clean; you can just wipe them off and throw them in the dishwasher. You just need to make sure that you don’t cut anything on them, you can very easily cut through a Silpat on accident.
This is the name brand Silpat I was given in Pastry School, which I still use and it works very well.
This is the silicone mat I own at least five of. I love the macaron stencil, it helps me pipe all of the shells the same size. But I also them for things besides macarons and they are a great price!
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