I want to share a few of my baking tools, cooking tools and blogging tools. These tools have made my life easier (or just more fun), and I hope they will for you too!
A Stand Mixer
My mixer is just like this one – fire-engine red, and I LOVE it… There are so many cakes and cookies that would never have left my head or kitchen without the help of this amazing tool. I have found that the Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer is just right for me, not too large, but with a reliable motor that can get through 10 cups of Swiss Meringue Buttercream without any issue.
This inexpensive Wilton turntable has served me well from my very first cake to now, and it’s incredibly useful for getting a nice, smooth finish on the frosting of your cake. It is also possible to jerry-rig a turntable with the bottom of a cake carrier set over a large plate, but you’ll never get a smooth, quick rotation, especially with a heavy cake, so if you want to make your cakes prettier, this is a good place to start. Also, unless you’re starting your own bakery, I see no reason to spend more than $30 on a turntable, so just stick to this $25 one.
If you ever make a cake, or want to make a cake, these are an invaluable tool you may not have heard can keep you sane when trying to transfer cakes from the fore-mentioned turntable onto a pretty platter or stand. I cover them with tin foil (taping it down on the opposite side to keep moist cakes from soaking through, and it lets you re-use the board. After they’re covered, I assemble my layers on the board, where the cake stays through assembly, decoration, until the cake has served and promptly eaten. These boards can be found online or in craft stores (or I’ve even made them from the top of a pizza box with just a pair of scissors).
An Immersion Blender.
Ok, so this tool is definitely not a need if you already have a food processor and/or blender, but I can’t tell you how happy I am when I avoid transferring hot soup in and out of a blender, or skipping the potato masher, or pureeing a small batch of pesto without destroying the kitchen because of this little guy. You must remember, however, that these things are crazy dangerous. Like mandoline slicer, they may seem toy-like or small blades, but they are SHARP, so stop trying to scoop out the goup stuck in the blades with your hands. It won’t end well. Just take my word for it.
A Dutch Oven.
A dutch oven is a classic pot, that I find incredibly useful. At 7 quarts, it is large enough for a whole chicken and veggie stew, and with a beautiful green, this pot can go from the stovetop to the oven to the table to the fridge… truly a one-pot meal!
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