Basic Baking Equipment

>> Thursday, July 23, 2009

Just as you need brooms and bins to clean your house, you need these equipments when baking:

MIXER

My mom baked her chiffon when I was very young using a wire whisk. She only had an electric mixer after 6 years of doing it manually. Electric mixers make your baking life easier.

Handheld Mixers – for starters this will do the job

Heavy Duty Mixer – if you are doing baking as a home-based business, getting a heavy duty stand mixer makes mixing a breeze. They also do a great job for whipping meringue and creams.
MEASURING SPOONS AND CUPS

Baking is an exact science as oppose to cooking. You have to follow exactly the measurement as called for in the recipe if you want your end product a success. This is why measuring spoons and cups are important.

Dry Measuring cups - during the olden times, I couldn’t remember my mother having separate measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients. In reality, you can use the same set of measuring cups for both dry and liquid ingredients. The only downside is when you only have one set as you need to wash and dry them when switching between measuring dry and liquid items.

Liquid Measuring Cup - as much as possible, don’t buy the plastic ones as the markings are prone to fade over time. I got a Rubbermaid brand which is like an acrylic type.

Measuring Spoons – stainless steel is a good choice though I never have problems using plastic ones.

SPATULAS, BOWLS, SPOONS, SIFTER

Rubber spatulas – A must staple in your kitchen. I tell you it’s difficult to scrape a bowl using a spoon. A large spatula is good for batter that calls for folding

Straight Edge Spatula – This is ideal for spreading and leveling off ingredients

Wooden Spoon – Some recipes call for simple mixing, you will find that a wooden spoon does the job well.

Mixing Bowls - go for stainless steel bowls as they are easier to wash and do not easily get scratched

Sifter - many recipes require dry ingredients to be sifted, you should have one in your kitchen.

BAKING PANS AND SHEETS

Learn from me… do not buy pans you don’t need yet. Get the basic ones depending on what you plan to bake. To me, the best and cheapest material to choose is ALUMINUM. Buy the thick ones.

Baking Pans – choose the size that you would mostly use in your baking. Ideal size for most recipes are:

* Rectangular – 9”x13”x2”
* Square - 8”x8”x2”
* Round – 8’x2”or 9”x2”

Cookie Sheets – are essential for baking bread, biscuits and cookies. They can also be used as base for baking pans. Make sure you get the measurement of your oven before going out to buy the sheets (ehem).

Springform Pan – this one opens on the side and has a removable bottom. This is ideal for baking cheesecakes or other pastries that are difficult to remove. A 9-inch pan would be an ideal size.

Muffin or Cupcake Pan – you can buy either a 6 or 12-cup tray. Get the size that would hold a regular or 3oz cupcake.

Buy other sizes as needed.

If you opt for glass or non-stick/dark pans, make sure to reduce the temperature by 25degF when baking as they tend to get hotter than aluminum ones.

OTHER BAKING ESSENTIALS

You won't need this immediately but you will find them helpful as you go along.

Oven Thermometer– many baking gurus would recommend getting one for your oven. I never used oven thermometer (except for the built-in one in my industrial oven before). I just relied on the automatic thermostat on my oven. Most ovens now come with automatic thermostat although as an oven ages, getting an oven thermometer would be a good option.

Greaseproof Papers - used to line baking sheets and pans

I tell you, the list could be endless and if you visit your baking supplier without a plan and list on hand, you are guaranteed to buy things you won't need yet. I'm speaking from experience.

Lastly, buy good quality tools for baking as you would be using them over and over. You wouldn't want to buy pans every month because your cheap pan had warped.

PS.

Before I forget, if you are like me, buy a KITCHEN TIMER, please! This will save you from the punishment of eating the burnt brownies.

21 comments:

Isah July 24, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

Hi there! I'm reading your blog and I learned a lot of info about baking. I actually love to bake. Whenever I'm in Manila, I bake almost everyday. And now that I'm reading your blog, it convinced me to buy a convection oven and other basic stuffs to start baking again just for fun. :) Thanks for the info by the way.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

For a wannabe baker like me, this is a very good list to know what I need for my first set up. Have wanted to learn how to bake for the longest time, and now that I'm finally going to do it, this will help a lot. Thanks for sharing!

Kate January 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

you're welcome dear, good luck in your baking

Anonymous,  May 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

Hi thank you for your info..im looking for funnels, for making funnel cakes, you know the one made out of metal and you can control the amount spilling out. hope you can help me..

Kate May 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

I am not sure if Divisoria or Quiapo has it but knowing that you can almost find anything in these two places, it is very likely you will find it there.

nunie,  July 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

hi! thanks for the info... your blog really helps a lot for beginners like me. i really wanna learn the art of baking & cake decor, from watching videos in youtube, it seems so fun trying this stuff! now i can somehow start... =)

Kate July 27, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

Hi Nunie, you're welcome, go ahead try it, it's guaranteed fun :)

jenny_bee October 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

hi! do you know where i can buy a kitchenaide mixer? many thanks =)

Kate October 18, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

Hi Jenny_bee,

I bought mine at Market Market, Metro Department store. They're so far the cheapest supplier at that time when I bought it way back in 2008. There are also stores in Quiapo that sell KA but they don't usually have factory warranty, only store warranty. They're usually selling it cheaper than those from the department stores.

Anonymous,  January 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM  

hi ms. kate. do you know where can i buy a sugarcraft gun? tnx! ---andrea

Kate January 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM  

Hi Andrea, are you referring to the clay extruder? the one you use to make hair strands? I bought mine at Devion (I am not sure anymore of the name) Art at SM North. It was at the 4th floor right across the stores that sell wooden furniture. There is also a seller at Multiply for Makin tools, they have those.

Anonymous,  January 20, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

thanks for the info. ms. kate! God bless. ---andrea

Rosie's Delights January 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM  

Hi Kate, Do you know how much is the Kitchenaid mixers from Quiapo stores or at Market Market? Do you know exactly which stores in Quiapo that sells it? And is the KA you bought a 220V? Thanks so much.

Pinoy CHefs February 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM  

if your looking to buy a complete set for your baking or cooking needs, check out Gourdo's stores. http://www.gourdos.com/gourdos-stores
they're items are cheaper than the high end stores like Rustans. they also sell the most extensive cake, cupcake, cookie, candy decorating materials for cake decorators. ordering online can opt you to have the items delivered to your home or just pick up at any branches

Anonymous,  July 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

Hi! I just wanted to know where do you buy your letter cutters for your fondants? thanks :)

prolix July 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!
Bakery Equipment

sandhiya September 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

Awesome - thanks for including me! You're the best. Hope you are doing well. Bakery Equipment

Anonymous,  October 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

hi ms.kate, i'm planning to buy a new oven to start up a small cupcake business.. i have an old oven toaster that has been my bestfriend for quite sometime, but it can't accommodate several baking sheets at a time. do you think ovens used in bakeries can be enough? i thought that lagermania gasrange ovens are too expensive. what would you suggest? thank you.-camz

Anonymous,  November 4, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

thank you so much kate for such a helpful post! this is really an advantage especially to newbies like me :) - jan

Anonymous,  March 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM  

Love your blog :) I am a newbie baker and your blog helped me a lot.

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