There are a couple of types of mixers to add to your kitchen. First, is the always-popular stand mixer. A stand mixer allows you to take a more hands-off approach to baking so you can multitask while you mix dough, batter, or a recipe that requires continuous attention. A good quality stand mixer is an investment, but it should last you a lifetime.
If you don’t have the money to invest in a stand mixer but you want to start baking right away, another option is a hand mixer. These are more affordable than stand options and are great for smaller jobs that don’t require a heavy amount of mixing.
A cookie scooper is a great tool to have handy because it gives you perfectly measured and shaped cookies every time. When you have a cookie scooper handy, you’ll never have to second guess how much dough you need for a recipe, because these do all the hard work for you. You can also use a cookie scooper for other recipes such as meatballs, fruit salads, or even homemade truffles.
Baking requires a lot of precise measurements. If you don’t have the proper equipment to measure out your ingredients, your final results may be less than satisfactory. Buy yourself a set of good-quality measuring cups and spoons so you never have to guess about how many ingredients your next recipe requires.
Consider investing in one high-quality set of mixing bowls and you should never have to worry about replacing them. Mixing bowls are always used in baking because you need something to combine your ingredients. A good option to consider is bowls with rubberized bottoms so you can stir them without worrying about them moving around too much. You may also want bowls with easy pour spouts so you can dump out your ingredients with ease.
Different recipes require their own types of baking sheets or pans. You can easily get by with a couple of large sheets that fit twelve cookies on them. As for baking pans, every kitchen should have variety. The most popular sizes include a 9×13 baking pan, 9×5 inch loaf pan, 12-count muffin pan, and a 9-inch pie plate. The type you choose is up to you, but the most popular include glass and stone.
Once your creation comes out of the oven, it will need a place to cool. You will want at least two cooling racks to accommodate your baked goods unless you plan to bake large volumes at a time, which will then require a few more racks.
Once your kitchen has all the essentials needed to get baking, all that’s left for you to do is find the perfect recipe to bring to life.