With all of my recent food posts, I thought I would share some of my favorite tools in the kitchen. First up, the baking tools. I went through my cabinets and found a few items that I cannot function without. I'm sure there are more things that should be listed, but these are the first ones that came to mind. (I am providing links the Amazon pages that I could find for these items...though many of them can be bought at any kitchen supply store)
Metric Wonder Cup (or something just like it) before. I say that because that's where we first became introduced to this kitchen life-saver! When my husband bought one at a local kitchen supply store, I thought it was a waste of money...WRONG!!! This little guy has saved me so many times in the kitchen. What is so amazing about it? Have you ever tried to get molasses out of a measuring cup, or honey, or syrup? Not fun, right? How about when you measure mayo or shortening, only to find that there was an air bubble in the cup and you don't know how much you really measured out? This little gadget solves all of those problems. You pull the two pieces apart until they line up at the amount you need. Then you add your ingredients to the top, and push the yellow part like a plunger to add your ingredients to your mixing bowl. The top of the yellow portion is flat, so you can scrape it off with a spatula and you haven't missed any of the ingredient you're working with. It is genius!! The pieces then come apart, so you can wash them easily. So handy!!
Kitchen-Aid mixer, then you can stop reading here. You don't need to hear me go on and on about how wonderful this item is...you already know it!! For those who have never felt the power of a Kitchen-Aid...oh man, are you missing out!! As a child, my Mom had a Sunbeam mixer that she used daily. It had a bowl that spun, and the smell...how do I describe it? Burnt motor perhaps? My Mom used her mixer so much that I think it could rival Jillian Michaels in a workout! Then she discovered Kitchen-Aid, and has turned all of us into converts along the way.
My Mom bought me my mixer as a wedding present, and I am so thankful!! These bad boys aren't cheap, but once you use one, you'll know that they are worth every penny!! Mine is a Professional model, though they come in all sorts of price points, sizes, colors, and styles. Personally, I like the drop bowl, rather than the tilting head, so that narrows down the model options. With all of the available attachments, there isn't much this mixer can't do. Stay tuned to the blog this summer, when we put ours to the test and make sausage...then we're going to smoke it in hubby's smoker...mmmm...I'm salivating at the thought!!!
Finally, the gadget that I cannot bake without is my telephone. Oh, and the speed-dial preset that calls my Mom. She is the reason why I bake, and she has bailed me out of so many culinary blunders over the years! I love going home for the holidays and baking with her. I always learn so much and we have so much fun!! Many of my best recipes come from her, and I am so grateful!!!
So, there you have it, my Must-Have list of baking tools. Feel free to comment with any of your favorites, as I am always looking for new gadgets to try out!!
Cheers and Happy Baking!