Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What's YOUR indispensable baking tool?...Works For Me Wednesday

Today's Works For Me Wednesday is a backwards edition. This means I get to ask you a question!

What is your indispensable, essential, can't-do-without baking tool?

I thought about this question for quite some time. First, I thought this:Photobucket

Then, my silicone spatulas...

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But when it comes down to it, I would never make cookies without this:Photobucket
Parchment Paper! I have gone to the grocery store at 10pm sent my husband to the grocery store at 10pm on a parchment run in a cookie making emergency.

So, go ahead and tell me...what's your can't-live-without baking tool?

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30 comments:

  1. I love my kitchen aid and my cookie scoop.

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  2. I love my Kitchen Aid, and would never started baking COOKIES without my Silpats... =)

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  3. SILPAT MAT!!! No doubt. I would stop baking if I didn't have that.

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  4. I love my Kitchen Aid, but I also LOVE my Pampered Chef spatulas. I probably have six and I manage to dirty them all whenever I'm baking.

    I've considered getting a silpat. One of these days...

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  5. I love my kitchen aid but I couldn't cook a cake without my 30+ year old Wilton Cake Pans that look almost brand new!!

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  6. I love parchment too (and my red Kitchen Aid mixer!), but when I'm doing large quantity baking, I treat myself to the precut parchment that fits a half sheet pan. Comes 100 sheets to the roll, and saves a huge amount of time.

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  7. I would never give up my half whisks (also known as sauce whisks.) If you've never seen one they look like a flat ballon whisk. Great for beating things but no "cage" to trap the things you are beating.

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  8. When I saw your question parchment paper was the first thing that came to mind. How hillarious.

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  9. Mine is a baking stone - no need for parchment paper!

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  10. I would say my big yellow mixing bowls. When I was a kid, my Mom had a yellow pyrex bowl, and I thought cookies could only be made in yellow bowls. LOL So, my Mom got me a few (plastic ones) when I got married. I love those things. (Though I now mostly make cookies in my Kitchen Aid!)

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  11. I really like my restaurant quality baking sheets. They do not warp, twist, fold, or anything. They are fabulous.

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  12. Extra measuring cups. I think I have three sets of dry cups and couldn't make it through a holiday or any other large baking session without them.

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  13. I would have to say my number one is the KitchenAid. I tell my husband every time I use it that it is the SINGLE best gift he has ever given me. The close second has to be my cookie scoop! Another wonderful gift from hubby; I found it in my stocking last year and it gets used often!

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  14. I love my KitchenAid (which I just got last week) and have to have the parchment paper!

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  15. I do have to say that Parchment paper is my savior too, but LOVE my Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid as well.

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  16. Oh I have SO many! First, my Kitchen Aid mixer! Even hubs loves it and he's one mean baking dude! Then my P-Chef spatulas, my P-Chef food chopper (like iron that thing!), and I think, most ESPECIALLY, my heavy duty kitchen shears! Those suckers cut through anything! Love them!!

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  17. I love my Kitchen Aid mixer and my pizza stone. Naturally there are lots more, but those are my top two.

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  18. Cookie scoops - I have three.

    And my stoneware pans from Pampered Chef. LOVE them and use them for just about everything.

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  19. Same thing for me...but with the addition of my Pampered Chef springform pan...can't make cheesecakes without it!

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  20. It's more expensive but in a pinch you can use aluminium foil! I've actually had to use it to line my cake pans...it worked like a charm,too!

    I have these two really large glass bowls that are wonderful for mixing. One is larger and deeper than the stand mixer's bowl & the other one is easily twice as wide as the stand mixer's bowl. I use and LOVE my cuisinart hand held mixer.
    ~ingrid

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  21. I adore kitchen gadgets and tools, so this is a tuffy. I have to say I love my Pampered Chef baking stones and the small scoop, perfect for making cookies!

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  22. I love Pampered Chef (I used to sell it) and I must say I love my medium scoop and my round baking stones.

    My mixer is a 50+ year old Sunbeam stand mixer that was my great aunt's. It's still going strong, like she is!

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  23. I love my airbake cookie sheet. I've never burned a cookie on it. Then my cookie scoop would come in second.

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  24. Ok the pictures are back! And oh my!! The chicks and the baskets are ADORABLE! I love the sanding sugar on the chicks.

    My can't live w/o is my Kitchen Aid Ice cream maker and it's trusty companion the Ben & Jerry's cookbook! Does that count as a baking tool???

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  25. I think I would have to go with my Silpat---and everything else mentioned is a close second! I love kitchen tools.

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  26. I have so many goodies & gadgets in the kitchen, but I have to say that for baking my can't life without it tool is a chopstick. I keep it in my flour bin and use it to quickly tap and level off the tops of my measuring cups. ;)

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  27. Kitchen Aid and parchment paper hands down! But I also love my food processor for quick mixing up of muffins. I make entirely too many muffins. I eat entirely too many muffins!

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  28. I agree about parchment paper. Once you start baking with it you can never go back.

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  29. Now on parchment paper, I can agree with wholeheartedly.
    It's much easier if you can find the reams of flat parchment. In Boston there was a cash and carry place that sold wholesale to the public, very convenient!

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  30. My Kitchen Aid, for sure. I even had a custom shelf built for it inside the cupboard so I wouldn't have to lift it from the pantry to the counter, or leave it out on the counter. When I want to use it, I just lift up the shelf (it's on a spring lever) and it locks into place. Sweeeeet!

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