Are you just beginning your baking journey? If you said yes, you are not alone. People are trying their hand at baking every single day. And once you begin this new adventure, you will wonder what took you so long to start!
When you begin to bake, you will realize you need a few essential products in your kitchen. While there are tons of baking items available to purchase, in the beginning, there are twelve you need the most. We are going to share those twelve products with you today.
12 Essential Products for an Amateur Baker
1. Measuring Scale
Professional bakers always measure their dry ingredients using a measuring scale. This ensures that the ingredients haven’t been packed down too much like they would be if you used measuring cups. It is best to purchase a digital scale, because those are the most accurate.
2. Measuring Spoons and Cups
Of course, even if you have a measuring scale, you will still need measuring cups and spoons. These kitchen items can be used to measure all types of liquids. You can go out and purchase measuring cups and spoons in multiple sizes. However, as long as you have the basic four measuring cups and four basic measuring spoons, you can make amazing baked goods in your kitchen.
3. Mixing Bowls
Choosing the right mixing bowl can be tricky, because you can find them in different materials. It honestly doesn’t matter if you choose a plastic, ceramic, or glass mixing bowl. However, we do recommend that you have mixing bowls in multiple sizes. This will ensure you can mix ingredients together separately before combining them all into one bowl.
4. Stand Mixer
Mixing bowls are great to own, but sometimes all that mixing can be tiring. A stand mixer can save you a lot of time and energy. It is better to purchase a stand mixer that includes multiple attachments. The attachments that will help the most include beaters and a whisk. You may want to consider a dough hook as well if you plan on baking bread. The dough hook will keep you from kneading bread dough by hand.
If you don’t want to invest in a stand mixer, or you don’t have room for it in your kitchen, you can purchase a hand mixer instead. Hand mixers are not as powerful as stand mixers, but they will still be a timesaver in your kitchen.
5. Baking Sheets
Baking sheets are helpful when you are making cookies. It is best to have a few of them, so you can prepare multiple cookie sheets filled with cookies at once. This will prevent you from waiting for one cookie sheet of cookies to cool before you take them off to put the next batch in the oven.
6. Silicone Spatulas
You may already have a silicone spatula or two in your kitchen, because these kitchen tools are quite versatile. You can use them to stir foods in a pot or pan or to serve mashed potatoes. However, if you don’t have a silicone spatula in your kitchen, you will want to get one for all your baking needs. This will be your go-to item when you need to scoop out batter, fold in eggs, or flatten the top of cakes before putting them in the oven.
Timers are necessary when you are baking, because you can’t leave baked goods in the oven longer than they should be. You may look at the clock when you put something in the oven, but can you honestly say you will remember to keep an eye on the clock to take it out?
You can purchase a timer in the kitchen section at any store. However, you can also use the timer on your watch or home hub like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Nest. It doesn’t really matter what type of timer you use, as long as you use one that will notify you it is time to take something out of the oven.
8. Baking Pans
Baking pans are helpful for baking so many items. You can use these pans to bake cakes, cookie bars, and brownies. These pans are more versatile than cake pans, which is why they are excellent for amateur bakers. You can purchase baking pans in metal, but we prefer the glass ones.
9. Cooling Racks
When you take baked goods out of the oven, they need to cool. While you can place these items on the counter, it is best to keep air circulating underneath the pan. This will stop the cooking process. Cooling racks will also ensure your countertops or kitchen table are not destroyed from the extreme heat from any baking pans or cookie sheets.
10. Parchment Paper
As you are starting to bake, you are not going to get everything right the first time. Parchment paper can help you avoid major messes in your pans. Even better, this paper will prevent all your baked goods from sticking to the pan. Simply line your cake pans, baking pans, and cookie sheets with parchment paper before adding what you are baking. Bake as usual and watch your baked goods slide on out when they are cool.
There are times when you will need to whisk a few ingredients together before adding them to the other ingredients. You won’t need a large whisk to handle this task, so feel free to purchase a smaller whisk if you want to save space.
12. Rolling Pin
Rolling pins can be helpful in rolling out cookie dough and pie crusts. You can also use them to crush graham crackers and other ingredients you need for a recipe. There are a couple types of rolling pins available, so you will want to choose the one that will work best for you.
These are the twelve essential products an amateur baker will need in their kitchen. If you are beginning to bake, make sure these twelve things have a prominent space in your kitchen. And if you don’t own them all, go out and purchase them before you start your baking.