Are you taking on a baking project? Good for you! Do you know everything that you'll need? Maybe so, but do you know what all those things are called and what their purpose is? Perhaps not. Knowing what you're working with will make your baking process so much easier and, not to mention, more enjoyable. There are so many gimmicks out there that you see on infomercials, and you're inundated with "must have" products down the aisle of pretty much every store. A lot of those things you do need, but a lot of them are just for fun. Having those gadgets will only add to the baking experience and make you want to do it more.
If you saw some of these gadgets on the shelf, but the label was missing, would you know what it is? This might be the most fun and delicious trivia game yet! It might make you want to get in your kitchen and whip something up, but you might have to run to the store first to get one of the must-have items. Do you think you can name all of these essential baking gadgets? Take the quiz now to see how many you know!
If you need to combine pretty much any ingredient, you can do it in which gadget that hangs out upright on your counter?
A stand mixer is an essential baking gadget. It can be expensive, but so worth the investment. It will make creating bread dough, whipping cream or egg whites and achieving the perfectly fluffy cookie dough a breeze.
People get intimidated when working with boiling sugar, but having which temperature-taking tool will make the process much easier?
The best thing about an actual candy thermometer is that it has markers right on the side with things like "soft ball" and "hard ball," which are both stages of heating sugar. Most candy recipes will have those terms in them, so having the thermometer pretty much does the hard work for you.
For the most accurate measurements for baking, it's key to convert them to ounces or grams. Which gadget below makes this easy peasy lemon pie squeezy?
While most recipes will call for ingredients in cups, tablespoons or teaspoons, the ones that have you weigh out ingredients will give you a better result almost every time. Because of that, a kitchen scale will be your best friend.
Baked goods have a lot of sugar and therefore, they like to stick to things. Before baking cookies, put one of these non-stick surfaces on the sheet pan for cookie perfection. What is it?
Silpats are a baker's best-kept secret. It's a silicon mat that can be washed and reused and prevents sticky things from sticking to your sheet pan. The bottoms of your cookies will be perfectly brown, and your homemade marshmallow will come out easier than ever.
When a recipe calls for citrus zest, you might be wondering how to get that off the citrus. Which baking gadget below will solve all your zest requests?
OK, so it's not actually a plane like the air kind, but it is an apparatus that allows you to scrape the very fine top layer of color off of things like lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. A lot of citrus forward recipes call for the zest, so this is a must-have.
If this is already your countertop, lucky you! But if not, which swirled surface is designed to keep your cold ingredients cold and look good doing it?
While this serves as an excellent background for photos of your finished product, it's also great for rolling out things like pie dough. Marble holds temperature really well, so it will keep the butter in your pastry dough cold to keep those flaky layers.
Frosting cakes just got so much easier because of this unleveled baking tool. Which is it?
The benefit of an offset spatula, especially when frosting cakes, is that your hand is further away from the surface. With this method, you run less of a risk of messing up your frosting by brushing it with the side of your hand. It's also great for getting into the corners of high-sided baking pans.
Doughs don't get thinner by magic. Which gadget below will get the job done in no time?
For any dough that needs to be thinned out to a specific thickness, a rolling pin is really the only solution. There are substitutions you can use in a pinch, but none will do the job as accurately as the classic rolling pin.
Most baking recipes will call for which essential item to line your pan because of its non-stick properties?
You might be wondering how this is different than a Silpat. Parchment paper is cheaper, for one, but it's also more practical for simple baking like brownies and loaf cakes or bread. A Silpat wouldn't be ideal for these types of baked goods.
Don't leave anything behind in your mixing bowl with this flexible tool that is only bad if you like having leftover batter in the bowl to lick. Which is it?
Having a flexible scraper made of hard plastic will make your life so much easier when you need to ease bread dough out of the bowl or if you want to make sure you get every single last drop of batter into your cake pan.
Flour gets lumps as do powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Which baking gadget below takes a little elbow grease, but will get your dry ingredients lump free?
Squeezing the handle and trigger of a traditional sifter gets your workout in so you can eat more of whatever it is you're baking. It works differently than other mesh strainers in that there's a mechanism that forces lumps through the mesh to ensure powdery perfection.
If decorative frosting is the look you go for on cakes, you definitely need which baking accessory?
Getting those perfect letters on a birthday cake or the fluffy balloons in the corner like they do at bakeries is made much easier with a pastry bag. They come in tons of sizes and are best utilized with a variety of tips for different styles and patterns.
Cutting through cakes, or even getting smooth squares of brownies, can be tricky without the right tools. Which jagged toothed tool below gets it right every time?
A serrated knife is able to get through the initial crust of a cake of brownie without crushing it. This will lead to cleaner cuts and hopefully more even layers. Heating up the knife ahead of time will also help with the precision.
Not every baking project calls for intense mixing and if you've got the arm muscle for it, you can use this other mixing gadget. What is it?
If it's not in your budget to get a stand mixer or if your recipe doesn't require one, a hand mixer is a great option. You have complete control of where the mixer hits and you can move the bowl around as well. Your arm might get tired, though.
Size matters in baking. You want to make sure everything is the same size and thickness so whatever it is will bake in the same amount of time, especially cookies. Which uniforming tool below will help?
Ice cream scoop
These are essentially mini ice cream scoops that are used to get cookie dough or cupcake better out of the mixing bowl and onto a pan. The most important aspect of it is getting all of the baked goods the same size.
You worked so hard for the perfectly golden brown bottom, don't make it soggy by not bringing the temperature down properly. Which baking gadget below makes sure that doesn't happen?
A cooling rack is designed to let air flow underneath of whatever it is that you're cooling so that the bottom isn't sitting in its own heat. This will cause soggy and gummy bottoms, which is not ideal.
Most things you bake will be baked on which of the below items, that will keep your goods flat and level and fits perfectly in your oven?
A sheet pan can either be rimmed or not, but either way, it is what you will bake cookies or sheet cakes on. They're designed to keep everything level for even baking and come in a variety of sizes ranging from quarter sheet to full sheet.
If it's a cheesecake you're baking, this special pan with a removable bottom is the best baking vessel. Which is it?
Cheesecakes usually have a delicate and crumbly graham cracker crust so a typical cake pan won't really work. With a springform, you can release the sides of the pan and get the cheesecake out in full, so you don't have to dig around in a container for a piece of cake.
You can't really bake anything without the tools to initially combine all the ingredients. Which vessel below lets you bring the dry and wet together for a cohesive batter?
Mixing bowls are essential. They are big enough to combine all of your ingredients without them spilling all over your counter but small enough that you can hold them to pour your batter into the proper pan.
For things like salt, baking powder or seasonal spices, you'll need something small to measure them with. Which of the below does the job the best?
Measuring cups won't work for ingredients in smaller amounts. Things like salt, baking soda and powder and the like will require something smaller like measuring spoons. They will range in measurements from 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon.
To get ingredients like peanut butter, honey or oil out of measuring cups is made much easier with which flexible scraper?
Silicon spatulas are far more flexible than their plastic counterparts. They can get into the tight spaces that a scraper cannot to make sure that your batter or mixture isn't missing any key ingredients that got left behind in your measuring tools.
For the perfect Thanksgiving apple dessert or chocolate cream variety, which baking gadget below will set you up for crusty success?
A traditional pie plate will have built-in fluted edges for that desirable and decorative crust. It can be deeper or more shallow, depending on which kind you get, but all of them are designed specifically for pie baking and serving.
To decorate your birthday cake, having which elevated and rotating item will give you your best results yet?
Upside down bowl
A cake stand was once only used by professionals, but now the everyday home baker has discovered this magical item. It brings the cake more up to eye level so that you can get a better look at it and have a better vantage point for decorating.
Many baking recipes call for citrus juice, and if you get a lemon that's slightly underripe, getting the juice out is more effort than it's worth. Which of the below should you use?
Shaped to fit right inside a half of a lemon or lime and ridged to get through the membrane in between the individual pieces, a citrus reamer is the most efficient way to get the most juice out a piece of fruit.
Not every cookie gets scooped. Some call for which gadget below, that pushes a specific shape out of a disk?
Basically, you shove your cookie dough into the tunnel, put the pushing piece on top, and squeeze the handle. That will force the cookie dough out of the patterned disk at the bottom and leave you with beautifully shaped cookies.
Baking is very particular. You can't eyeball ingredients and you can't estimate how long the proper reactions will take until complete. Which item below will ensure perfectly baked through treats every time?
Any recipe you follow has been carefully thought out and tested. There will be a specific time you'll need to bake your item, and you should stick to that, at least at first. Once you get comfortable baking, you might be able to adjust things based on your oven and texture preferences.
Your pie recipe might ask you to blind bake your crust before putting in the filling. To keep it from puffing up, which gadget below will really keep it down, in a good way?
Pie weights are an actual thing made of steel or ceramic. But pro tip. Dried beans work just as well! Just make sure you line the raw crust with parchment paper before putting the weights in so it doesn't dent and stick to your crust.
Baking is messy, but rinsing and wiping as you go can cut down on the final amount of cleaning. Which item below is great because it's soft, reusable and durable?
Having plenty of kitchen towels on hand will make your baking experience so much better. You can quickly wipe up a rogue batter or an egg white that didn't want to stay in the shell. Keep a damp one for getting up flour before it cakes to your surfaces.
Not only are they pretty, but they serve an important purpose. What are these baking items?
They come in paper, silicon or foil, but no matter what kind you buy, cupcake liners will elevate your cupcake process. Not only do they prevent the batter from sticking, but they also add a decorative touch.
You can't make angel food cake or meringue without the whites, but you also need to make them without the yolks. Which gadget below will help you get the two apart?
An egg white and a yolk come as a package deal, but that doesn't mean they always need to be used together. You can separate them in your hands, but that grosses a lot of people out. Getting a slotted egg separator will solve that problem.
A dough as light as the cheddar variety and even the buttermilk kind needs a special tool to shape it. Which of the below is it?
When you cut biscuits, you don't want to squish the sides. If you do, they won't rise in those perfect layers you love. Regular cookies cutters aren't always sharp enough to do this, so a specific biscuit cutter is needed.
Serving pie in its hot plate isn't ideal for your surfaces, but placing one of which item below will protect your precious wooden table?
Trivets are often made of ceramic and have little feet on them to further get a hot pan off your table. These are perfect if you plan on serving hot apple pie or if you're too impatient to take your cookies off the sheet pan.
During strawberry season, you'll find a lot of recipes that call for them prepared a certain way. To take the top flesh off the berry, use which gadget below?
A huller is designed to get the top leaves and part of the core out of the strawberry, so you're only utilizing the freshest and most juicy part of the berry. This isn't a necessity, but it is the easiest and safest way to accomplish the task.
Everyone who has used this wire mixer knows what happens if you wait to long to clean it. Which gadget below cleans up the mess for you?
Cake pan cleaner
Whisk wipers are somewhat of a new gadget, but how did we ever live without them? It gets all of the remaining batter or mixture off of your whisk to avoid it getting dry and making the whisk impossible to clean.