Baking Supplies Buying Guide
Baking Supplies 101
Baking Tools & Materials 1
• Aluminum pans
• Ovenproof glass pans
• Non-stick pans
• Springform pans
• Pie pans
• Muffin pans
• Loaf pans
Baking Tools & Materials 2
Bread & Cake Flour
Honey & Molasses
Baking Soda & Baking Powder
Baking Supplies Buying Tips:
• Don’t substitute oven thermometers with meat or candy thermometers as they won’t work the same way
• Use sticks of margarine when baking as whipped and tub margarine are softer and contain too much air for baking
Specialized Baking Tools
Pastry Blender +
Pastry blenders are handheld tools used to cut cold butter and distribute fat without melting. They consist of five or six U-shaped stainless steel tines attached to a metal or wood handle.
Pastry Brush +
A pastry brush, also known as a basting brush, is used to lightly coat pastries with milk, egg whites or glaze.
Pastry Cutter & Crimping Wheel +
Pastry cutters and pastry crimping wheels are closely related devices used to cut dough. The difference is the cutter has a straight edge, while the crimping wheel has a crimped edge that adds a decorative touch to your pastry crust. Both are similar in appearance to a paint roller.
Pie Weights +
Pie weights are small ceramic or metal balls used to prevent pie or tart crusts from shrinking during "blind" baking. Blind baking means baking the crust without the filling. First, line the crust with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then place the weights on top of the crust before putting it into the oven.
Double Boiler +
A double boiler is comprised of two pots fitted one atop the other, where the lower pot is filled with hot water that heats the top pot. Double boilers are used to apply gentle heat in the preparation of delicate foods such as custards and sauces. It’s also a good way to melt chocolate, which can burn easily if melting in a microwave.
Cookie Cutter +
Once you've rolled your dough into a sheet, you can use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie-sized pieces in decorative shapes. Cookie cutters are available in a wide variety of fun and interesting shapes that kids love. They're typically made from aluminum, copper or plastic.
Rolling Pin +
Rolling pins are primarily used to roll dough into sheets, but you can also use them for other purposes such as shaping cookies and crushing crackers. Rolling pins are made from a variety of materials, including wood, marble and plastic.
Whisks are designed for whipping air into ingredients such as egg whites and cream. They consist of a series of looped wires attached to a handle. Whisks come in a variety of shapes depending on their intended use.
Wooden Spoon +
Wooden spoons are thick, sturdy and lightweight, making them a good choice for stirring and mixing batter. Also, unlike metal spoons, they don't have hard, sharp edges that could scratch non-stick pans.
This kitchen utensil is used to sift ingredients such as confectioners’ sugar onto cakes and cupcakes. It’s also used to blend dry ingredients, and to break clumps and add air to lighten flour. When flour sits for a long time, it becomes compact and dense. Sifting flour makes it lighter than non-sifted flour, which can affect your baking results. Sifters come in stainless steel or plastic.
Baking Supplies Handling Tips:
• Make sure your hands are completely dry before operating electrical baking tools
• Wear oven mitts when removing baked goods from your oven
• Don’t eat raw cookie dough that contains uncooked eggs as it may contain salmonella or other harmful bacteria
• Don't leave eggs out of the refrigerator for more than two hours because bacteria can breed within the egg
• Apply egg wash to unbaked dough to add shine and assist in browning the crust during cooking