One of the reader questions was about what tools or gadgets do I use most in my kitchen, so here goes:
Disposable piping bags. These things are lifesavers. I buy the kind that comes in a 100 pack and it lasts me for months. I uses them for not only the obvious icing but the I use them to fill cupcakes evenly (especially mini ones) as well as anything I want to have look a little more professional.
Next is my nutmeg grinder. I use it everyday. Everyday. I bought mine when I was 24 years old, now I am 39…do the math. Yes, they cost $30 and that probably seems like a lot. But considering how long I have had it I am looking at $2 a year so far. And for something I use and has lasted that long for $2 a year, that’s nothing! Nutmeg to me is the under used spice of the world. I added it to baked goods yes, but lots of savory items as well.
Baking Spray: You know the stuff I am talking about…with built in flour. This has been one of the better inventions for me. I hated buttering and then flouring pans. It’s the lazy girls way to bake!
Kitchen Aide Mixer: This is a duh one but most people do not know that I own two! Yes two, and truthfully if I had the storage and the $$$ I would go for three. They get used that much. I use my professional series one the most, but have always kept the first one that my ex-boyfriend and all around awesome guy D gave me back also when I was 24 (I sense a pattern). It’s what they now call the Artisian mixer in a color they don’t make anymore so that’s kind of cool. I have two because of the fact that I live in fear that one will break (which I have done) and I wont have one. They are that important to me. I know, I need help. But think about how much I bake! I also have an extra bowl set as well, as often a recipe calls for beating egg whites and you need a clean bowl for that quickly. I don’t bother with the attachments as they will cause the motor to burn out way too quickly in my opinion. This is the one I have and the color I have as well:
And last but not least for this post, the good ol pastry scraper. This is a great multi use tool. I use it for lifting dough, to cutting dough, to scraping flour off the counter into the trash. I’ve had the same one for years…and yes I have multiple.