Always bake in the centre of the oven. A pan placed too close to the bottom of the oven will receive more heat radiating from the oven floor, making it faster from the bottom. The reverse is true of something baked on the top rack. Always bake in the centre for the most even baking and browning all around - Claire Saffitz
Baking is very beneficial for mental health. Minus the fact that you are baking for a certain reason and occasion, its health benefits include increased mindfulness, satisfaction and sensory pleasure. For whatever occasion or reason you want to bake, there are essential tools and utensils every beginner pastry chef should have in their corner. Baking doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. These must-have baking tools and utensils make the process a whole lot simpler and more fun.
Are you interested in learning how to bake or make pastries?
Well, for you to get started you need to know that there are some utensils that every budding pastry chef should have. There are a lot of markets in Nigeria, both online and offline you can get all these utensils we will be talking about.
As you continue with this article, you will learn about the basic baking tools everyone should have in their kitchen, some specialised tools that you'll need for baking certain things, and some of the equipment that professional pastry chefs and bakers use to bake some of their amazing recipes.
Creating culinary masterpieces requires having the right tools and knowing how to use them.
Basic baking Tools and Utensils For Every Beginner
Whether you plan to bake a little or a lot, there are some basic tools you'll need to accomplish your baking tasks. These basic tools are very easy to get and inexpensive in Nigeria, so don't worry yourself too much about the cost of getting them. In fact, you may already have some in your kitchen without even knowing.
You do not want to start baking for your family or an event and halfway through realising that a tool is missing. Baking isn't necessarily one plus one. Don't mess it up.
If you’re a new baker, start with some of our list of baking must-haves basic tools that will be able to get you through any simple and easy recipe. Let us take a look at some of these basic tools and utensils that will kick start the journey:
- Mixing bowls
- Hand/ paper towels
- Baking paper
- Cake Pans
- Muffin moulds
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Rolling pin
- Baking Trays
You most likely will already have spoons, forks and knives in your kitchen. If you do, just take it out of the list.
The oven is the most important baking tool. Take your time to buy the one that best suits the main reason why you want to start baking. You will also need a good whisk to ensure your mixes are smooth to ensure the outcome of what you are baking is up to standard. Don't forget to also buy the size of the cake pan, baking tray and muffin moulds you will need in the long run. You can get silicon pans and moulds but if you are not a pro and careful, they can cause you to break your cake as you take it out.
Special Tools For Aspiring Bakers And Pastry Chefs
Are you enjoying your baking journey so far and do you want to step up in some recipes?
If the answer is yes, then you will be needing some more advance and better materials to further your desire.
You will definitely need some upgrades in your tools and new equipment after a certain stage in baking and pastry making. Baking involves precision, time, and the right tools. Never buy a tool because they look fancy. Always do your research, stick to and buy what you need.
The below is a list of other items you could buy that would make your work easier, faster and fun as you advance:
- Kitchen scale
- Rolling pin
- Rolling board
- Pastry Brushes
- Different shapes of cookie cutters
- Piping bag
- silicone spatula set
- Food processor
- Hand Mixer
- Non-stick baking spray
- Wooden spoons
- Kitchen scissors
It is very essential to be as precise as possible when it comes to measuring the ingredients for baking. The kitchen food scale is used to measure the perfect quantity at all times. It is highly recommended you have one in your kitchen and it comes in digital and manual. I personally prefer the digital as they can accurately measure right down to a gram or two.
Silicone Spatula Set
Silicone spatulas are useful for baking. Generally, they’re used for scraping the bottom of a mixing bowl without ruining your mix. You can also use them to apply icing or chocolate ganache to cakes if you don’t have a piping bag. They are also flexible and can be used at high temperatures.
The wooden spoon is a great all-rounder in the kitchen. They are very useful because they won't scratch your bowls or pans. This type of spoon wouldn't react with acidic ingredients, and they're more comfortable to hold in your hand than the metal ones. If you do not have one at this point, go get one. They are inexpensive.
A piping bag is used to add icing. It’s often used in baking because it allows you to apply icing or whipped cream to baked goods. You can add different nozzles. Many differently shaped nozzles are used to produce cross-sections such as star, leaf, and flower-petal shapes; a simple circular nozzle makes round shapes
Food processors do not usually come to mind when you think of baking tools and utensils. However, with a good food processor, you can knead the dough quickly and easily. It grates, chops, mixes, it purées and even helps ensure perfect pie crust every time. In a nutshell, it is a multipurpose tool that can mix, knead, or blend. You’re done with buying pre-made dough or stressing your hands while kneading the dough.
This is an essential tool in many bakeries and kitchens, rolling pins are used to evenly flatten everything from pie and pastry doughs to cookie and pasta doughs. It also works well for crushing crackers and breadcrumbs. Using a “French-style” rolling pin with tapered edges and no handles will give a smooth dough with no dents as you move around the work surface.
Professional Baking Tools And Equipment
The more you bake, the more you understand that the process is scientific and methodical, with chemical reactions and exact measurements. With your advanced or advancing knowledge, you will realise that there are even more great tools you can make use of once you become a master of baking.
If you are making some creative recipes or making large quantities you sure will need more than just the basic baking tools and utensils. Let us give you a list of some of what you will be needing to bake like a pro and a little breakdown of some of its uses.
Here's what you will need to bake like an expert:
- Oven thermometer
- Bench scraper
- Stand mixer
- Offset Spatula
- Batter Dispenser
- Pizza cutter
- Chocolate moulds
- Citrus Juicer
- A silicone baking mat
- Ice cream maker
- Kitchen Blowtorch
- Cooling rack
- Digital Timer
- Metal sifter
An inaccurate oven temperature will either overbake or underbake your dish. Incorrect temperature ruins baked goods and you waste hours and hours spent on the recipe and spent on ingredients. Having a good oven thermometer can save you from such problems. The use of an oven thermometer can help you test for hot spots, and allow you to find out the ideal position to place your food, pans and baking sheets.
This is used to know when your baked goods are done, so you don’t burn them while you’re multitasking on other things. Since double ovens are increasingly popular, you might want a timer that has multiple digital clocks built-in. you will set the device to the number of minutes (usually up to one hour) and then it sounds like an alarm when the specified amount of time has elapsed. If it is an inbuilt timer in the oven, the baking process ends automatically when the programmed cooking duration comes to an end.
The stand mixer is a very useful tool for bakers and pastry chefs. It helps in mixing up doughs and batters much easier and quicker, and it’s by far the best way to mix ingredients into thick, stiff cookie dough or whatever texture you desire without getting to stress out your arm. It might be a little pricey, but once you've used it a few times, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.
This is a great took for bakers especially in cake making. It is impossible to keep moving on all sides, however, with a turntable, you will be able to move the cake as per your requirement and easily decorate every part of the cake not missing a particular side. The continuous spin allows you to achieve a more even and smoother finish.
This is a very handy kitchen tool not commonly used by people. It is designed to dispense even portions of liquids such as batters and sauces. A batter dispense eliminates messiness while baking. For things like cupcakes and pancakes, it ensures that the end product will be uniform, which also promotes even cooking.
Now that you are getting acquainted with the essential tools needed as an aspiring baker or paster chef who wants to become a pro, remember practice makes perfect. Always dedicate more time to creating and learning new recipes.
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