If you have a cook or baker on your holiday list I would like to share some of my favorite and must have kitchen tools to help make your shopping easier. Some of these products have been sent to me for review, others I have been using for more years than I care to admit but all of them are tools that I use on a regular basis in my kitchen. Of course this list of best kitchen tools for every cook and baker is my opinion but after all the years I have spent cooking and baking I have learned what works well.
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Best Kitchen Tools for the Baker
Most of my recipes are for baked goods. I must admit that I do love to bake. It’s very theraputic for me. Whether it’s bread like bagels or Challah or something sweet like an apricot couronne or a coffee cake, I love baking. I use the following kitchen tools all the time in my kitchen.
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I’m actually a little spoiled here, I have three but I highly recommend the KitchenAid. It’s all I’ve used since I received my first one about 40 years ago. And yes I am still using that first one.
- A Hand Mixer – I went a long time without one of these but now that I have one I wonder why I went so long without it. It comes in handy when you need to mix something quickly or something of small volume. Also, if you are making something that requires two things to be whipped or beaten like a souffle having the hand mixer makes things easier.
- Quality Bakeware – I swear by Chicago Metallic for all of my bakeware from my bread pans to my baking sheets and my cake pans.
- Springform Pan – if you want to make a cheesecake you will need a springform pan. They are also useful form making homemade ice cream cake and other baked goods.
- Mixing bowls – I have three sets. One really can’t have too many mixing bowls.
- If you are going to decorate cakes and cookies a set of piping tips is great to have on in a kitchen. Russian piping tips are also a lot of fun to use and make for beautiful decorations.
- Bench knife – I was sent a pastry scraper set that includes a silicone scraper which is a big help for getting dough out of a bowl,
- flat edge scraper which is helpful for smoothing out frosting on a cake and the bench knift/dough cutter. I have used this so many times since it was sent for review because it is a very useful kitchen tool.
- A sifter – so many recipes look for sifted flour and other ingredients. It’s a simple tool, but a valuable one. My sifter is close to 40 years old.
Useful Cooking Tools
Of course there is often overlap between cooking and baking and some of the tools mentioned above will be used for cooking and some I will mention below can be used for baking.
- Chef’s Knife – a good chef’s knife is vital to any kitchen. I was sent the Edge Carbon knife this year and have been using it for just about everything.
- Cutting boards – different boards for different purposes are good to have; a dishwater safe cutting board is vital for cutting chicken. I use my Bambu cutting board for cutting chocolate and fruit. I have a plastic cutting board for onions and garlic.
- An Immersion Blender – I can’t believe I went as long as I did without one of these. I use it for so many things. To make purees, when I am making my homemade ketchup, for soups. It is so very useful.
- Good pots and pans – I swear by All-Clad as they are what I have used for the last 35 years. I can put them in the oven and in the dishwasher. They cook like a dream. They are not inexpensive but they have lasted 35 years.
- A cast iron skillet – as much as I love my All Clad, somethings are just meant to be cooked in cast iron.
- If you want to make pizza at home a good pizza stone is vital. I have an Emile Henry pizza stone and I love how it works.
- A pizza peel is also necessary as it allows you to easily get your pizza on to the hot stone. I have a wooden pizza peel and I love it.
- Electric Pressure Cooker – I have come to really like my generic Instant Pot especially if I am not feeling well and I want to put a meal on the table for the hubby. He really enjoys salmon cooked in the instant pot.
- Bamboo spoons – bamboo is eco friendly and tough. I reviewed a set from Bambu earlier this year and I am still using them on a daily basis.
Great Gift Ideas
All of these make great gift ideas either at the holidays or for any time of year. You could pick a couple and create a gift pack; a pizza stone, peel and pizza cookbook would make a wonderful present. I have a husband that understands my love of being in the kitchen so he indulges me with lots of great kitchen tools. Of course he benefits by getting to eat lots of great baked goods and dinners. I hope this list – which is no way comprehensive – helps give you some ideas for your shopping this year.