When you love to cook and bake, you probably know that although cooking and baking can be fun, and although the treats you make can be scrumptious, baking itself can be a difficult task because of all of the elements that are involved. Fortunately, with a few great accessories, you can make cooking and baking easy and fun again. There are plenty of ways that you can make cooking and baking easier, and having the right accessories is definitely something that you should do.
There are several different types of accessories that are important to have when you are cooking and baking. A good set of bowls is a great place to start. These should be glass bowls, so that they can be used in the microwave and for mixing. Good mixing bowls should be several different sizes, and if you can find ones that have lids, you will have even more luck with them. Next, you will need a set of baking pans. Again, glass works well because they are transferable, but you can also get a set of metal baking pans. For cooking, you will need at least two skillets of different sizes and at least two pots of different sizes as well.
Once you have the bowls, pans, skillets and pots, you need to move onto the items that you will use to create, mix, and stir food. Several wooden spoons, a good flat spatula, and a whisk are important elements. Also, you will need measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a knife, at least one good one, to do your cooking with.
These are the bare basics of items that you should have in your cupboard and drawers to make cooking and baking easier for you. However, there are some other things that you will want to consider as you are cooking. Something that is good to have is a selection of items to keep and store food with, and to use in cooking. Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, zipping sandwich bags, and wax paper will come in handy and be used often. An assortment of flower will be needed as well, and a non-stick cooking spray to use when you are baking and cooking. Don’t forget that you will also need to have an excellent selection of things to actually cook with!
To start a kitchen, and to make baking and cooking much easier, you’ll want to begin with a basic set of spices. Spices make food taste better, and aid in all of your cooking and baking. Some good ones to have on hand include oregano and basil, but there are many others, such as rosemary, sage, and red pepper. Curry is another favorite, along with turmeric and other spicy spices you’ll enjoy. The best way to get a good selection of spices is to start with a pre-filled spice rake of your very own. Then, as you cook more frequently and make more interesting things, you can add to the types of things you are keeping in your spice rack.
There are some other things that you should always have on hand when cooking and baking. These include vegetable oil, shortening, vinegar, and salt and pepper. For baking, basic flavors like vanilla are useful, as is baking powder, baking soda, and self-rising yeast. If you stock your cupboards with these things, you’ll have an excellent time cooking and baking.
Perhaps the most overlooked accessories for baking include the things that you actually use to cook and bake with. You might not have a choice over the type of stove and oven you have, but you can buy things like toaster ovens, blenders, vegetable choppers, and electric mixers to help you make cooking and baking easier and more fun. Also, you might want to consider a flat skillet for cooking things like pancakes and grilled cheese.
Perhaps the most important accessory that you are going to need to make cooking and baking easier is simple: space. Many people overlook this when they are putting their kitchens together and end up crowding their countertops with just too much stuff. This leads to big problems because it means that there just is not room to actually cook. When you are cooking, you need counter space, to chop vegetables, or to lay out ingredients for something you are baking. You’ll need room to cut things, separate things, and mix things. Also, you will need space to put things when they are finished, in order to cool. Therefore, when you are planning on ways to make your cooking and baking easier, don’t forget that something you will always need is going to be space.