20 Baking Tools Under $20
The sweetest part about baking is that it doesn't have to hurt your budget. Here are 20 budget-friendly tools you should have on hand.
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Unlike cooking, when the amount of salt you add is based on preference, the amount of sugar you add is a necessary measurement to follow when baking. Having these measuring cups ($14) in a set is a great way to measure ingredients for better baking. The unique snapping feature keeps the cups together for storage.
Using serving bowls or random Tupperware to stir your ingredients in can get frustrating. Instead of trying to whisk cake batter in the bowl you also use for cereal, try this set of mixing bowls ($20) to ensure your ingredients don’t go spilling over the edge. Each bowl comes in a different bright, beautiful color.
You’ve probably seen the difference in cookie texture when you add too much flour or not enough sugar. Scales take the guesswork out of baking. This digital food scale ($9) is sleek, cheap and accurate—a definite plus in the science of baking.
A common baking mistake is scooping the flour into your measuring cup and then leveling off the top. To properly measure flour, invest in this hand-crank sifter ($10). Using this in conjunction with a food scale will get you the perfect chocolate chip cookie every time. If we just made you hungry, try these ultimate chocolate chip cookies.
Cheaper than a stationary mixer and more ergonomic than a fork, the whisk will be your best friend in the baking department. It smooths out the texture of your batter and aerates your mixture. This sturdy KitchenAid whisk ($7) will combine all your ingredients with little elbow grease on your end. It’s dishwasher safe, too!
While there are a lot of things you can creatively use in place of rolling pins, owning one will make things much easier when it comes to baking those homemade pizza crusts. The cool part is, its design and job hasn’t changed much since its first patent in the late 1800s. Add this classic wood rolling pin ($16) to your lineup.
Is it used for anything other than licking off the extra chocolate? The silicone heads of Rachael Ray’s Spoonula Set ($13) curve easily against the rounded part of your mixing bowl to scrape every last drop into your pan. This set comes in multiple cheery colors and is like a spatula with a spoon shape on one side. Speaking of chocolate, get a load of these fudgy brownies.
Not that they can replace parchment paper entirely, but baking mats sure come close. This set of 2 silicone baking mats ($14) fit on your pan to prevent your sweets from sticking post-bake. Plus, they’re eco-friendly—simply wash and reuse.
Even though baking mats will suffice for most of your baking needs, trusty parchment paper ($4) should always be on hand. For instance, you can line a flat cookie sheet with a silicone mat, but you can’t line a cake mold with it. Here are other nifty ways to use parchment paper.
We’ve all been there. You get all your ingredients together to make some yummy cranberry orange scones and then you read that the cold butter needs to be cut into the dough. Luckily, forks can do the trick, but pastry cutters like this one ($10) will be a little easier on your hands and wrists.
Kneading thick dough is an upper-body workout. Thankfully, portioning the dough and cleaning it up doesn’t have to be. Bench scrapers like this multi-purpose scraper and chopper ($10) make it easy to get excess dough off the cutting board or section off chunks of dough for multiple batches.
Maybe you’re using an oven you’re not used to or you’re testing a new recipe or you need to find out if your oven is working properly. This oven thermometer ($10) should help avert any crises and can hang right on your oven rack.
One of the fun parts about muffin pans is how creative you can get. Personal cheesecakes, mini pizzas, bite-sized frittatas, brownie bites—you name it. The mini muffin and cupcake pan ($10) is great for bite-sized treats.
This is one of the most common pans in your average kitchen. Our 8-inch non-stick baking pan ($13) is perfect for coffee cakes or thick brownies.
This one sounds like a no-brainer but seriously, don’t just settle for the hand towel hanging by your oven. Avoid any potential burns to your hands or forearms with heat resistant oven gloves. Some mitts, like this Cuisinart pair ($19), have non-slip silicone grips for a more secure hold.
While some Pinterest fails happen behind closed oven doors, others happen during the cooling process.These stackable cooling grids ($11) give you enough space to cool dozens of cookies or a few cakes all at once to prevent soggy centers.
Using a plastic zip bag that you cut a hole in is a great hack, but if you are a serious baker, it’s okay to invest in real decorating tips like this starter set ($13). Your cursive lettering will be more professional-looking and your rosettes might even look like real flowers.