The must-have tools of a baker-Everything you Need
There are various tools that bakers use in the course of their work, but we have compiled a list of the must-have tools of a baker, particularly for those who are just learning the skill. These pieces of equipment are absolutely necessary for making your baking experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.
When it comes to baking, as I stated in my previous article, it is preferable to invest in high-quality utensils and equipment to ensure success. You should consider doing this if you already have a baking business or if you plan to bake in large quantities.
This is one of the most important and must-have tools of a baker. This is because this is where you cook your baked goods. Deciding the right oven is depending on your needs.
In choosing your oven you must take note of how big your family is. You might also take into consideration choosing an oven that is bigger than you think you might need. It is useful when you have a guest in the house.
In baking, it is also important that you know your oven. Meaning you know how it works because not every oven is the same. Even if you saw in the recipe book that the temperature is 300F that’s not always the case because some ovens are hotter or cooler that you need to adjust the temperature.
In baking there are 2 types of oven that bakers consider buying
1. Convection Oven
The type of oven where the only source of heat is on the bottom. The heat goes from the bottom to the top. There is no way that moisture can escape as well so the cooking time tends to be longer for the food that should be dry to be dry.
Good for recipes that need to rise a lot as opposed to a convection oven that might finish cooking the outside of your batter before the inside is not yet cooked.
2. Conventional Oven
It has a fan inside that makes sure that the air is circulating inside the oven. The fan also helps to pull out the moisture which is good to keep the temperature and crispiness. The heat is also more even and consistent in this type of oven.
It’s known that whisk is the most basic baking tool in the kitchen, and I totally agree with that. Spatulas and other tools will help you make the batter together but nothing can help you most in combing your ingredients than a whisk. We are not just aware but there are actually types of whisk out there.
The main function of a whisk is to introduce air in what you’re cooking or known as the “aeration”. Aeration is the process of allowing air into ingredients to add more volume or make them lighter. This method is essential in some recipes that rely on its structure in aeration. There are 3 common types of whisks.
1. Ballon Whisk
It has thin wires that form a wide-rounded balloon. It is best suited for beating large amounts of air into egg whites, heavy cream, or other liquids.
2. French whisk
Also is also known as a straight whisk and has thicker wires that are smaller than the balloon whisk. It is good for stirring sauces and also useful in stirring heavy batters. Can beat air into egg whites or cream as quickly as the balloon whisk but requires more work.
3. Flat Whisk
As on its name, this type of whisk has wires arranged in a flat shape. The wire has a lateral or curved shape so that the shape is like a spoon. This shape is also called the “roux shape”.
Measuring cups and spoons
Baking is about science and you have to follow the exact measurement for each recipe. And that is the reason why it is one of the must-have tools of a baker. There are measuring spoons and cups made of metal and plastic. So it’s up to you what to choose. Measuring cups and spoons is one of the basic baking tools that is essential. Avoid using regular spoons and cups as it will ruin the recipe. In using measuring spoons and cups in baking you must ensure that the measurement is correct, in using it in dry ingredients you must scoop the ingredient then level it with a flat utensil such as a knife or metal spatula.
Digital Weighing Scale
While it is true that most recipes call for the use of the measuring spoon and cups, there are some other recipes that use weight to measure the ingredients. And accuracy in measurement is a must in baking so a digital weighing scale is one of the must-haves.
A small round or flat-shaped brush made with nylon, silicone, or sterilized natural bristles. This basic baking tool is useful for coating your pie crusts with egg wash or milk. You can also use this brush for your fish or meat and grease your pan with butter to avoid the baked treat from sticking. The brush handles are usually made from stainless steel, nylon, or wood with varying lengths. If made of metal or nylon, it is important to make sure they will withstand high temperatures without either transferring the heat to the handle.
Silicone types are easier to clean. You can choose those pastry brushes to avoid bacteria.
It is a cooking tool that has a rubber head. The handle is usually made of plastic, metal, or wood. In baking it is used for scraping and smoothing, it also does a great job of scraping the bowl to transfer the contents, such as batter, into another container, or to mix the other ingredients.
As the name suggests this tool is being used to hold the hot tins or baking tray. You can buy heatproof oven gloves, strong grip, or comfortable wear.
This is one of the must-have tools of a baker. This is the tool that you will always need in baking, and it has other uses too not just in baking. There are mixing bowls made of plastic or stainless steel or glass when you are baking. They can use it to mix the batter, toss the salad or sift through ingredients. You can also use it for various needs.
Defined as a pan made of metal, silicone, heatproof glass, a ceramic or enameled metal that is safe for baking. There are many kinds of baking pans available in the market and you just have to choose what’s right for you. You can use these basic baking tools for your brownie and bars, though you can use them as well in gingerbreads or square cakes. The size of the baking pan will be depending on how frequently you will use it and if you will bake for many. Here are the few baking pans that you can choose. Here are the few baking pans that you can choose.
This promotes high heat and is also used for foods for a small amount of time like cookies or muffins. It also heats up and cools down quickly and is lightweight. However, it can react to acidic food.
Because of silicone material, it is really non-stick. It does not require non-stick spray or oils. It is flexible and it can release your baked goods quickly. It is easy to clean but it is poor in conducting heat.
Stainless Baking Pans
It is best to use it in acidic food as it is non-reactive. It is long-lasting but it distributes the heat unevenly when cooking.
Glass Baking Dishes
This type of pan is also nonreactive and best to use in foods that require consistent and constant heat such as casseroles and braised dishes.
Carbon Steel Baking Pan
Primarily used in restaurant kitchens. It is long-lasting when cared for properly. An excellent conductor of heat and it achieves and maintains a very high or very low temperature. It is also non-stick.
This container that we are using is to shape the finished dish. Like baking pans, there are also different kinds of cake molds that you can choose from. Most recipes call for an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. It’s better to buy at least 2 because usually, you are splitting the batter to make 2 layers. To help you choose which kind of basic baking tools that you should invest in, below are the most common ones that are being used by other bakeries.
Traditional Cake Pans
It can be square, rectangle, or round. They all have high sides and flat bottoms. They are usually used for wedding cakes, layered cakes, and tiered cakes.
Spring Form Pans
Removable bottom and adjustable sides and secured by a clamp. They are usually used for making cheesecake or ice cream cakes.
Silicone Cake Molds
The flexible silicone material allows you to easily remove the baked goods once they cool. It is oven safe and comes in various shapes.
It has tall sides like the traditional pan but it does not have a bottom. Cake rings allow the bakers to just slide the ring up and off once the cake cools. To bake with a cake ring, the baker needs to place it on a sheet cake then fill it up with batter. You need the batter to pour on the cake ring slowly to prevent it from leaking on the bottom.
Sheet Cake Pan
Shallow square or rectangular pan with upturned edges and 1 to 2 inches deep.
Jelly Roll Cake Pans
They are flat sheet pans with a 1-inch rim for baking thin cakes, it is thin and flexible that you can roll it to make roll cakes.