If you’re just starting to bake, the amount of baking tools and utensils choices you are faced with may seem endless and you may be left asking “what baking tools do I need
?”. There are many specialty tools
on the market which you won’t need to concern yourself with until you’re a more seasoned baker, and instead will just want to fill your kitchen with the essential baking tools for beginners. Therefore, to try and simplify the process, we’ve created a list of basic baking tools and equipment and their uses:
Spatulas: Spatulas are perfect for stirring and mixing as well as scraping cake mixture or dough out of a bowl. They are flexible, can withstand high heat and won’t scratch your bowls.
Measuring cups and spoons: Measuring spoons and cups ensure that you use an accurate amount of ingredients instead of having to guess. Whilst measuring cups are mainly used in American recipes, they’re very useful to have to avoid having to do complicated conversions.
Measuring jugs: Measuring jugs will be required in a lot of different recipes, and are an essential baking tool for measuring liquid ingredients, such as milk, oil or water.
Scales: As you may have noticed from the measuring jugs, cups, spoons and now scales on this list, measuring your ingredients is key in baking. Scales will accurately weigh your ingredients and come in both manual and digital models.
Mixing bowls: Mixing bowls come in various different materials, shapes and sizes, and it’s worth having a couple of different sizes in your home. You may also want to look for heat proof mixing bowls so that you can use them when you’re required to melt your ingredients. Bowls with non-slip bases are useful too.
Rolling pins:When choosing a rolling pin, you should look for one that is wide enough to cover the width of the dough or icing that you’re rolling. You should also look for a rolling pin which is easy to maneuver and easy to clean.
Cooling racks: Wire cooling racks will allow your bread, cakes or biscuits cool down when then come and the oven and stop them getting soggy. If you bake a lot, you may need several cooling racks for all your cakes.
Wooden spoons: Wooden spoons are a simple but essential baking utensil. They are especially useful for mixing and stirring your ingredients.
Food processors: This is one of the more expensive baking tools you’ll need to buy but it will save you both time and effort. Food processors are especially useful when baking cakes and making pastry.
Sieves: Sieves help remove large lumps or unwanted particles from your dry ingredients, separate solids and liquids and reduce soft solids to a pulp, making it a very useful baking tool.
Whisks: Whisks can be used to blend ingredients together or to add air into a mixture. They’re inexpensive and very useful to have lying around the kitchen. If you don’t want to invest in a food mixer just yet, a whisk is a great alternative.
Greaseproof paper: Also known as baking paper and baking parchment, greaseproof paper used in cooking to stop your food from sticking to the bottom of the walls of the pan. It is heat-resistant and non-stick.
Cookie cutters: Cookie cutters are great baking tools for creating fun shaped biscuits, pastry and fondant for cake decorating. They come in a huge range shapes and sizes to suit every theme and occasion.
Baking Pans and Tins: Baking tins and pans come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials. It’s worth having a few different shapes and sizes in heavy duty materials, and you should try to use the same size baking pan as the recipe states.