This list is for your enjoyment-or for those of you who have someone in your life asking you what you’d like for Christmas and is willing to pay extra for 2-day shipping.
A caveat (I love that word-and I won’t tell you how recently it was that I read it in a book and read “cave-eat”). Keepin’ it real.
Okay, the caveat is this-you don’t NEED these items. But they really make baking and cooking easier. I actually take most of these items with me whenever I visit someone for more than six hours-how long can YOU last without chocolate chip cookies?!
by the way: *I tried to find the brands I use or prefer. Cook’s Illustrated is my go-to for equipment reviews.*
Zero idea what I’d do without this:
Why this is fabulous: It’s silicone (think grip tape for your dough and the countertop). The measurements on the sides and the diameters in the middle come in super handy-as does the pie crust recipe printed on it.
Don’t knock it until you’ve weighed it:
Why this is fabulous (and dangerous): I started weighing my ingredients about five years ago. It is so simple and so much more accurate than my half-ass measuring that I was doing. Yes, I did just say that. I am not a perfectionist which is tough when you’re a baker. This scale keeps me consistent-no matter how little time I have to pull something together. The dangerous part: It’s SO easy to make something (think no measuring cups to sort through and wash) that I bake more often…and unless I have someone to take it to it ends up on my lips…and ultimately my hips : )
For use with the above rolling mat:
Why this is fabulous: Everyone needs a rolling-pin-no brainer there. However, I’m partial to the weight (so light!) and style (so easy to roll things out without the limits of separate handles) of this French rolling pin. It’s super cheap, too.
What don’t I use this for?
Why this is fabulous: Dividing dough for rolls, loaves, various shapes. Slicing off chunks of butter; since I weigh my unsalted butter and neither Costco nor Sam’s club sell sticks (just 1lb. slabs) of unsalted butter I find this is very handy for slicing off pieces of butter for recipes. I also use it for transferring diced objects from my cutting board to a bowl or pan, cutting brownies or anything into geometrical shapes.
No sheet-these are the best! If you’re not laughing right now you have to say that out loud. Ha!
Why this is fabulous: I don’t know what brand I have-but I absolutely love my rimmed baking sheets. I line them with parchment and bake cookies, rolls, croissants on them. I pull them out when play-dough is involved. Beads stay put on there, too-which makes them great for containing crafts. The size also holds an entire batch of cookies (one that uses 1 cup of butter and about 3 cups/15oz. or so of flour) to make into bars when you’re supposed to meet friends for a picnic in the park and have 30min. from start to sitting on a blanket basking in the sun. Smash it in and bake for 20min. and you’re good to go!
That’s it for now…what do you have an essential item in your kitchen?
Oh. My Crockpot. That goes without saying. I think I’d like to be buried with my Crockpot in hopes Jesus decides I can have it with me in heaven. I think he’d agree its really important and essential and would really save him time. He’s got a lot to do between breakfast and dinner!