Lately, I’ve been asked a lot about the essentials kitchen tools I use or recommend, I’ve decided it’s time to share with you a few of my favorite products. Because having the right tools of the trade will make your time in the kitchen much more efficient. The list below has all the essentials I use in my kitchen and have made my cooking and baking so much easier.
Whether you are setting up a new kitchen or replacing your older items, it can be tough to know which tools you really need—and which are taking up precious cupboard space! Here’s a list of my “can’t live without” kitchen items!
KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I don’t know what I would do without it, and I don’t remember life without it. I still remember the time when I used to knead bread and brioche dough with my hands, what a waste of precious time and energy. I use my KitchenAid stand mixer for all the baked goods I make in the kitchen from cookie dough to cakes and babkas.
Digital Kitchen Scale – Let’s face it, baking is a science! If you want to get the best consistent results you must weigh your ingredients. While cooking can be a little more liberated when you bake you must be precise and the only way of doing that is by measuring the ingredients.
Cookie scooper – When I first started the blog I use to make cookies with tow tablespoons, that was really easy but the result didn’t look so good on photos. As the blog developed so did my technique, I started using a cookie scooper to form perfectly round shaped cookies. There is another bonus for using a cookie scooper, all the cookies come out the exact same size 😉
Silpat Silicon Mat – I believe it’s much more ecological than using disposable parchment paper. I use it every time I bake cookies, buns, Éclairs, and more, and nothing ever sticks to it—and it’s reusable. Makes life so much easier!
Cooling Racks – Cooling racks allow air to circulate around every side of your baking pan/sheet or baked good, allowing the item to cool much faster. And they look great in food photos.
Muffin Pan – I make tons of muffins, cupcakes, and popovers in my kitchen. Up until I bought this muffin pan I used a silicon muffin pan which was absolutely terrible to work with. This pan is nonstick and it takes moments to wash it after you finished your baking.
Instant-Read Thermometer – I have to tell you a secret I used to avoid making recipes that called for using an instant-read thermometer, I just always had the feeling I’ll burn everything down. One day my husband decided is going to start brewing beer and got this absolute magic instant-read thermometer, I tried it once and became an addict. Thie helps you make caramel and candy and I even use it when I cook Thanksgiving turkey.
Silicone Spatula – I have about 20 silicon spatulas, they help me scrape the sides of mixing bowls real easy. I also use the silicone spatulas for cooking scrambled eggs, and for smoothing the top of brownies and cakes before putting them in the oven.
Measuring Spoons – Quality measuring spoons are a necessity, baking is a science after all. I love these measuring spoons because the narrow ends are designed to fit most spice containers and the round ends are perfect for liquids.