Tools I use
Today I thought I’d do a little post about my favourite gadgets and tools I use in the kitchen. They range from big items that you might want to put on your ‘wish list’ to little things that have made life so much easier and only cost a couple of pounds. This post contains affiliate links but I have collected all of these items over the years and think they’re great!
Ok, this is THE big ticket item on the list so I’ll get it over with first. I wanted a KitchenAid ever since I had a slight obsession with watching cooking items on QVC. Billy bought me one for my birthday a couple of years ago in Medallion Silver which I’m pretty sure is the same as Mary Berry. It makes life so much easier. It came with a paddle mixer, dough hook, whisk and a metal bowl but I’ve added a glass bowl and a spiralizer since (great for making curly fries as well as courgetti!)
I’m not sure if it’s rubber or silicone but this cheap item is great! I have a Great British Bake Off one and it makes pouring cake mix out of bowls so easy. No scraping around trying to get the last bits of batter out! Honestly my second favourite ‘gadget’ (after my KitchenAid of course).
I bought this a few weeks ago in a set because HobbyCraft didn’t have them individually. The Wilton 1M piping tip creates big swirls on top of cupcakes. I had been wondering for ages why my cupcakes didn’t look like the ones you see on Pinterest or Instagram and then I realised I was using a smaller piping tip.
I used to have a set of reusable piping bags but after a while they get greasy and I didn’t like using them. Now I always use disposable ones which means less washing up!
You’ve found the perfect recipe but it uses cup measurements. I bought a set of cup measures because I was making a lot of American recipes that called for a cup of this and half a cup of that. Infact, they’re really useful if you want to make something fast. My Coconut Pancake recipe is in cups because you don’t want to be faffing around with scales on a Sunday morning. The spoon measures make measuring out things like baking powder much more accurate.