Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Your craft is only as good as the tools you use. Having good quality instruments not only saves time but helps you create with confidence. I've put together a list of the items I recommend not scrimping on. There's nothing worse than dipping your measuring cup into the sugar and the handle breaking, grrr!
So, do what I did and invest in tools that are up for the challenge!
Sturdy measuring cups and spoons - this is going to apply to both liquid and solid measuring utensils.
Silicone spatula - this is a must have! Not only does it allow you to get all the batter out of the bowl but is also great for folding wet ingredients into dry.
Pastry brush - aside from what you would normally use it for, it's also great for greasing pans and does a great job of getting into the corners.
Whisk - not just any whisk will do, treat yourself and get one with a comfortable handle.
Rolling pin - I use a marble rolling pin, it's super heavy but does a lot of the work for you because of it's weight, I will never go back to a wood rolling pin!
Stand mixer - There are many to choose from are a life saver! Save yourself from sore wrists by investing in a stand mixer. They can be pricy but are so worth the money!
Wire racks - In my opinion, you can never have too many! They don't take up a lot of space and are essential for cooling items quickly by allowing heat to escape from both sides.
Parchment paper - I love using parchment paper when baking. It not only saves you from having to scrub baked on grease but allows for things like cake and cookies to slip right out of the pan. A definite must have!
Fridge thermometer - this may not be something that you will see in most kitchens outside of commercial ones, but they are great to help monitor and ensure your perishables remain at an optimum chilled temperature.
Turntable - a sturdy and heavy turntable are a must and the reason I say that is you can get lightweight ones but they can be unreliable as far as them moving around while using. A sturdy turntable eliminates the bouncing effect while rotating which can create slight ridges in your cake icing application.
I'm sure you can think of many more must have items in your kitchen but these are ones that I couldn't live without!