STAINLESS STEEL MIXING BOWLS
I like using stainless steel mixing bowls. I have many others that are wonderful, like my mixing bowls from William Sonoma, but for several reasons, I love these stainless steel mixing bowls.
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These mixing bowls have a lip around them to hold; the various sizes are helpful and perfect to put in the freezer when making whipped cream as I did in my last post on How to Make Tiramisu.
PYREX MEASURING CUPS
For wet ingredients, I like using my Pyrex 2 cup measuring cups. I have had these pyrex ones for over 20 plus years, and I love them!
I like using these, and yes, I do have a set of two because I use them for more than measuring. There are times, especially on the weekend, that I mix our pancake/waffle mix in these because they are super easy to pour out of to make my pancakes or waffles. However, if you have a larger family and need a bigger bowl to make your pancake mix in, then here is one slightly more substantial.
STAINLESS STEEL SHAKERS WITH LIDS
I recommend having two: one for cocoa and one for powdered sugar. I use these when baking, and I use them to decorate my pancakes, french toast or top of the whipped cream or steamed milk for my coffee or hot cocoa. I love using these. These particular ones I like for a few reasons: size of the holes, they have lids to keep the moisture out, you can screw on the tops, they are stainless steel, and they are easy to clean. I keep them in a dry dark place so that moisture doesn’t get in them.
I like my Pampered Chef Whisks; they have lasted me over 21 years. They are easy to clean by dropping them in the dishwasher for a good cleaning. They have more wires than many of the whisks you see on the market so that it produces more air for a quicker whip and adds more volume in your results.
These are stainless steel and come with a warranty. I hope you can find a local Pampered Chef rep; but if not, here are some listed on Amazon which carries the Pampered Chef brand.
There is another brand that I have found on Amazon similar to the Pampered Chef ones I have and costs a bit less. They are made in the USA, 12 inch standard French
I have and use these Pampered Chef Rubber Spatulas.
Large Mix ‘N Scraper 12¼” long, Classic Scraper is 11″ long, Small Mix ‘N Scraper® is 10½” long, Skinny Scraper is 10¾” long.
Some of the features are:
Heavy-duty heads are fused to the nylon handles for strength and durability, they won’t come apart, split, stain, burn, melt or crack, Silicone heads are heat resistant to 650 degrees F, and Nylon handles are heat-resistant to 450 degrees F, and dishwasher safe and comes with a three-year guarantee.
The Mix ‘N Scraper has a spoon-like curve and is great for mixing. The smallest one is great for scraping out a jar when there is a little left in the bottom or sides.
An alternative to the Pampered Chef ones I own are these spatulas whcih seem to be colorful, come in various sizes and have some great reviews. Some features that stand out to me are nonstick silicone, one-piece so no place for bacteria to hide, easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Heat-resistant up to 500 degrees F, solid steel-core handle, flexible silicone head design, stain and odor resistant.
*Disclosure I have not tried these, so I don’t know the quality of these products, though they do have great reviews.
PYREX BAKING DISHES WITH LIDS
I think everyone needs glass baking dishes. These are good to bake in and to use for cold dishes, too. I have suggested these before in my earlier post on how to make an easy Tiramisu.
These baking dishes are varied in size and deeper than other pans; they even have lids.
one (1) 13×9 inch glass baking dish with plastic lid, one (1) 8×8 inch glass baking dish with plastic lid, and one (1) 7×11 inch glass baking dish with plastic lid
They are made from pure Pyrex glass which is microwave, dishwasher, preheated oven, and freezer safe; lids are BPA-free, can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher, and are microwave safe. They are made in the USA.
There are more items to have in your kitchen for baking, but these, as well as items from my earlier post for essential cooking pans and gadgets, will get you started for sure!
Please let me if you have any questions or suggestions on products you use that you would recommend.