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Indispensable Baking Tools – Why You Need Them

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Indispensable Baking toolsWhen I think of Indispensable Kitchen Tools, I think of smaller pieces of equipment that make baking and pastry so much easier.  These aren’t mixers and processors but the handheld equipment that makes it easier to do a task.

Among my, “I couldn’t live without” baking tools are the following.  They are indispensable to professionals and have a place in every baker’s kitchen.  They are also among the most inexpensive when it comes to kitchen equipment.

So if you don’t have these indispensable baking tools in this list, consider getting them as each of these can make your life easier when baking, finishing or cleaning. Continue reading

My Pastry Kitchen Essentials

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Overall shot of equipmentEvery pastry kitchen, be it professional or personal has their own pastry kitchen essentials. These are mine which I used at the bakery and in my personal kitchen.  Long ago when we remodeled the kitchen at our house I put all the gadgets I had accumulated in a box.  Six months later I used exactly one thing out of that box. I never again bought anything that I didn’t know I would use on a regular basis.

Cookie Scoops/Dishers/ScoopsCookie scoops, dishersIin the profession these pastry kitchen essentials are referred to as dishers or scoops because we use them for a lot more than cookies, i.e. meatballs, mashed potatoes, anywhere you want to make sure all the sizes are the same. They are used for portion control. Some are all stainless steel – some have plastic colored handles.  Vollrath makes these in both all stainless as well as colored plastic handles.

I prefer the all stainless steel dishers as the plastic handles can more easily be broken. The size number is on the tool – somewhere. You just have to find it as there isn’t a uniform place for it, unfortunately. Continue reading