I do not have the gift of baking delicious pastries, cakes, pies, or cookies. My wife has this gift. I have always had people in my life that do have this gift, and let’s be honest, these people make the world a better place.
As the owner of Sourdough Cuppa Joe, I have been blessed to work with several people who love to bake and who have been able to take our bakery to new heights with their home experience, combined with their love of baking. I have learned that bakers love to do their thing, and this love of their craft is fully freed to blossom and grow when they have the right tools to do what they are trying to do.
Bakers need gadgets.
I said before that I do not have the gift of baking, but even as a young child one of my favorite stores to peruse at the local mall was the kitchen gadget store. Something about those awesome inventions grasped my attention and still does to this day. So I am excited to bring you this post, where some of our favorite bakery gadgets and tools are highlighted, along with links to find them!
Whether you are a baker, whether you are like me and just find these things awesome, or whether you are looking for something to bring a smile to face of the bakers in your life, feast your eyes.
The Bench Scraper
This is probably the most-used tool in our entire bakery at the shop. If this thing gets lost in the bottom of the sink, or put somewhere that isn’t normal after it has been washed, the whole place stops what they are doing until this little gem is found.
Think of the bench scraper like the smart phone of the bakery world. I have seen this bad boy clean a prep surface better and more quickly than any other method. It can be used to fold ingredients into dough or batter. Use your bench scraper to divide your dough into multiple batches.
Some models even come with a quick measuring guide marking inches on the blade of the scraper. As a gadget lover I think this is great, but my experience with those of you who bake at home is that very few things get measured, so there’s that. Nonetheless, you need one of these in your life, and the bakers in your life need one too. I might even suggest a spare for when one goes missing.
The Pastry Cutter
Have you ever been making homemade biscuits and cutting butter or lard into your flour, trying to use a fork? Hello hand cramps! Toss that fork into the sink and grab a pastry cutter instead. This tool will get the job done in an ergonomically safe way, and in about a quarter of the time and effort.
There are very few things more annoying when baking than low-quality, hard-to-use measuring cups and spoons. Yes, you can buy these anywhere. Should you go for the cheap fix on this one? Nope.
You really need a durable, easy-to-read, counter-stable set of measuring cups and spoons to take the frustration out of the ingredient addition process when you are baking. Three things that we have found important are…
Your measuring cups and spoons must be easy to read.
Your measuring cups really need a flat bottom so you can add ingredients using both hands.
Your measuring implements should be constructed of strong material so they do not bend or break when scooping out thicker ingredients.
It may seem like an unimportant detail, but trust me, you want really good measuring implements if you want to enjoy your time baking.
The Digital Scale
A digital scale is the best way to accurately measure very small amounts of ingredients, or to measure flour and other ingredients by weight instead of volume. Some ingredients pack, and therefore it is difficult to get an accurate volumetric measurement. A digital kitchen scale is the answer to this problem. It takes all of the guess work out of getting those ingredients in your recipe in the perfect quantities.
Multiple Event Kitchen Timer
When you are baking in the kitchen, you need timers. We have all grown used to using the timers on our phones at home, but this can get messy and difficult to do when you get multiple batches needing timing.
Imagine you have chicken baking to make chicken salad, scones browning, a batch of brownies going in the oven, and some sausage balls you just spun half-way through their baking time. These are the types of scenarios we encounter at our shop, and we would be lost without our multiple event timer.
These timers allow you to set different timers for different purposes and they even alarm with different sounds so that you know which timer is going off right when it sounds.
Now, Get Some Gear
Grab some of these items for bakers in your life. Get some for your own kitchen. Make someone smile by solving a need they have in their life.
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