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Must-Have Tools For The Home Baker

by Jamie on June 19, 2013

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Some of the most common questions that pop up in my MBA email have to do with product suggestions. From seeking info about my most reached for spatulas to absolute my favorite mixers – you guys want answers, so I thought I’d create a post dedicated to my Must-Have Tools For The Home Baker.

1. Spatulas: I think I have around 20 spatulas laying around my kitchen, but for some reason I constantly reach for the OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Spatula Set. The spatulas have taken a beating and they’re still in perfect shape. The fun, bright colors are a definite bonus!

2. Rolling Pin: I’ve used several different types of rolling pins over the years and for whatever reason, I loathe rolling pins with moving parts. By far, my absolute favorite are French style pins. The tapered design allows for more control and since it’s lighter and less bulky, it takes up less storage space and it’s little easier on your arms if you’re rolling out a lot of dough.

3. Hand Mixer: It’s not always necessary to bust out the stand mixer, so for lighter mixing and whipping up egg whites, I adore my KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer. And I must say, the LED screen is pretty sweet!

4. Baking Pans: Let’s face it, I bake a lot, so I rely on quality baking pans. My absolute favorite pans are from 360 Bakeware. Their multi-ply construction allows for consistent, even heating and better heat conductivity than any other bakeware that I have ever used. If you’re interested, you can read my full review here.

5. Cookie Scoops: These OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoops are probably one of my most used kitchen tools. Varying sizes allow you to perfectly portion cupcakes (large scoop), cookies (medium scoop) and truffles (small scoop). They’re are super sturdy and function like new after 3 years of constant use.

6. Pastry Blender: Sure you can always go the route of using two forks to cut butter into flour, but I prefer to save a little time and energy by using an OXO Good Grips Pastry Blender. With a solid construction and fantastic, sturdy blades, this tool allows you to combine your ingredients with ease.

7. Pastry Scraper: I am obsessed with the OXO Good Grips Pastry Scraper/Cutter. Not only is super helpful when baking, it’s also great for transporting chopped items from your cutting board to pots and bowls with ease. Double duty is always a bonus in my book!

8. Cupcake Pan: You guys are well aware of the fact that I am absolutely obsessed with cupcakes, so when I stumbled upon this 24 well cupcake pan, I was immediately smitten. Not only does it cut down on your baking time, its super sturdy construction bakes cupcakes and muffins to perfection. It’s also great for mini meatloaves and quiches!

9. Marble Pastry Board: I have tiled countertops with is quite the bummer when trying to roll out any type of dough. After numerous annoying attempts of rolling on different surfaces, I decided to purchase a marble pastry board. It’s cool to the touch surface is perfect for rolling out pizza dough, shaping scones and so much more. I use it so much, it has a permanent spot on my countertop.

10. Stand Mixer: I absolutely adore my KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer. It’s my workhorse and BFF in the kitchen and I don’t think I could live without it.

So there you have it, my Top 10 Must-Have Tools For The Home Baker. I hope this list helps you out a bit if you’re in the market for new baking tools. If you have specific comments or questions regarding any of these products, feel free to comment below, or you can also reach me via the contact form.

Tell me, what are YOUR Must-have baking tools?

DISCLOSURE: This is NOT a sponsored post. The links above are provided for your reference and several are from My Baking Addiction’s Amazon affiliate account. If items are purchased via these Amazon links, My Baking Addiction will receive a small commission.


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Emma B. June 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Great post! I have got to get myself a pastry blender and one of those 24 count muffin pans!
I did a couple of similar posts on my blog of my favorite kitchen things, you can find them here:
http://emmajesse.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-few-of-my-favorite-things-kitchen.html
and here:
http://emmajesse.blogspot.com/2013/06/favorite-things-kitchen-edition-2.html

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Mr. & Mrs. P June 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Love that marble board … Beautiful!

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Holiday Baker Man June 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I think…While a marble stone is nice… I think a kitchen scale is more important as recipes are trending towards weighing ingredients. Great post.

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Cathy @ Savory Notes June 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I agree and disagree with this list… I think this list does compose the *PERFECT* bakers kitchen, however… I grew up watching my mom make all kinds of pies, cookies, and cakes without the use of a stand mixer; I don’t think they’re necessary at all. Also, I agree with previous comments that while the marble is probably super awesome and helpful, it’s definitely not necessary. And if I really kept going, I could say that a spoon works just fine in place of the cookie scoop.. I’m not trying to be picky! I live in a studio apartment, so everything I buy makes me first ask, “how much space is this going to take up?” ;)

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Michele June 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Great kitchen toys! I need one of those marble pastry boards. ;)

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Penny June 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

Great and very helpful post! It’s nice to see a basic, realistic list of baking equipment :D x

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ThisBakerGirlBlogs June 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

Spatulas!!! I love them so, with them it’s like I have many arms. Can never have too many of those when you’re baking :-)

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Brandi St. Clair June 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

I love my kitchen aid soo much, I named her. She goes by foxy…

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Kelly September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

❤️Kind of like how a guy names his car! Love it. Now I need a name for mine. Hmmmm

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Gina June 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

I completely agree with them all. I use my pastry blender for more than just pastry- works really well when combining butter & ingredients for streusel topping & so many other things too. Just picked up some super skinny spatulas- can’t figure out how I ever lived without them before.

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Cheryl H June 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

Spatulas, you’re right, I have more than I need. But I may “need” to get those too!
I agree with the other comment about a scale. It is essential in my kitchen to help with portion control not just measuring ingredients.
I do need a new pastry cutter so may get that one. My husband had to add a nut and screw to fix it last time I was making a pie crust! Gee, only 40 yrs. old!

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Sadie June 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Just a supplemental tip. I got my marble slab from a place that does flooring. It is huge, sturdy, and probably costs about half if what you might find in a kitchen store.

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jeannette June 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

I definitely need to invest in a marble pastry slab! One thing you didn’t mention that I find to be invaluable is nesting mixing bowls. various sizes that fit inside each other to save that precious cabinet space ;) and who could ever have too many rubber/silicon spatulas?!

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Melanie June 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Does the larger 24 cup muffin pan fit in a regular oven? I would LOVE to get bigger pans, but I’m afraid there isn’t enough room for the air to circulate around the pans?

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Jamie July 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Melanie-
I have a standard size oven and it fits just fine. I am fairly certain the dimensions are listed on Amazon – that may help you a bit. Thanks for stopping by.
Jamie

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jennifer June 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Parchment paper is one of my must-haves for baking as well as the cookie cutters I inherited from my grandmother and two perfectly sized and shaped glass mixing bowls I bought at a yard sale for a $1 each.

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Kristi June 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I have most of those items on my Christmas list (Yes, I know it’s only June) either to replace what I have or I have never head before.

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Jamie July 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Kristi-
You are my type of gal! Christmas list in July? Awesomeness! Thanks for stopping by!
-Jamie

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Pandora July 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Instead of a marble slab I have one made of soapstone. I prefer it to marble or granite. When you flick a handful of flour on it the flour spreads evenly all over the slab. When I throw flour over the surface of marble or granite the flour puddles and does not coat the surface. While soapstone takes a bit more care I find it’s well worth the effort. It also cuts the time down on making fondant as I believe it stays cooler than other materials. Anyway, that’s been my experience.

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Robyn/Dreamy Cakes August 15, 2013 at 5:49 am

An apron! Because I make such a mess!

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Annette September 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I cannot cook or bake without a timer! I have ADD and would burn the house down without a timer.

Annette

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Debbie October 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love your list. I have them all except the scraper and marble board. My rolling pin belonged to my mother.The handles broke off decades ago. I love it. I would add parchment paper to the list, I can’t live without it. My daughter spent her savings and bought me the Kitchen Aide Artisan Red mixer for my birthday this year. I’m still trying to love it. The relationship with it is getting better every time I use it which is a few times a week.

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Leslie October 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I am sure it is possible to bake without some of these items. However, they surely make it more enjoyable and successful. Additional items I enjoy are a silicone baking mat (Silpat), and custard cups for measuring out everything before I begin.

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Leisa November 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Such a lovely site! I found it looking for a caramel recipe to adorn the pumpkin cheesecake. I’ll add the following must haves: (1) food processor — indispensable for making pie crusts, particularly those with ground nuts, or reducing to a fine crumb cookies etc for crusts. IN fact, for those on a budget, I would suggest a food processor before the Kitchen Aid. (I have both, but operated for many, many years with just the food processor and hand mixer). (2) digital thermometer (the one that snakes into the oven — use it as a candy thermometer, test water to not kill yeast, and roast a perfect tenderloin); (3) silicone pasty brush; (4) high quality measuring spoons, cups–they will last a lifetime. (I see another has noted the Silipat mats, and I have had mine for many years and would not be without them. They are great for rolling out sticky doughs. Also another noted a scale. It is a mission critical item and will save tons of time.)

We bring so much to the kitchen, none less so than our courage and creativity. So many are afraid to fail in the kitchen. We learn by embracing our failures. (And laughing at them!)

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Jamie December 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Leisa-

Great list! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Karleen January 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Hi! I just discovered your site and I am already in love!
This post is perfect as I’m currently preparing my wedding registry and I am going to make sure all these things are on the list.

Thanks!

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Robin March 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I just found you :). Awesome stuff!

The boyfriend (who is a trained chef) just tried to burn down the kitchen roasting coconut, lol. Pot lid to the rescue!

Along that thought:

1. baking soda to squelch fires, clean drains (along with vinegar) and a necessary for a lot of baked items,
2. pot lids for squelching fires,
3. I just inherited my Mom’s metal measuring spoons,
4. a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup (also good for melting butter since it doesn’t melt like the plastic ones do because of the fat content),
5. timer since I have CRS (can’t remember stuff),
6. pastry mat
7. and, of course, someone willing to make the pie dough since mine can be used as a hockey puck or door stop!

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Julianne Trimble March 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

Love your blog! I hate to say this but I am a gadget person I have everything you could think of ! I always feel that new toy will make the food taste better,or look better! I love going to party’s like Pampered Chef so if you go you always have to buy something! What I would love to have is a Vitamix but they are pretty pricey! Not only that I don,t know where I would put it I already have a really good blender,food processor,Kitchen aid blender like I said you name it I have it! What I need to do it start selling some of these things then maybe I would feel it’s right to buy that new toy! It does everything but put the food on the table! Keep up the good work your food looks amazing!

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Mackenzi July 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

I love the article and your recipes, but this is the first time that I’ve actually browsed on your website and I had 7 pop up adds for this one page. A little over kill.

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Jamie July 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Mackenzi-
There definitely should not be 7 ads on one page. Can you tell me which browser you are using, so I can send in a report to my ad server?
-Jamie

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