Storified by ebanreb· Mon, Apr 15 2013 19:23:44
Cooking videos are everywhere these days; both online and offline. The big TV networks have loaded their programming with chefs as heroes on their shows. What with the popularity of cooking shows in the past years? Of course the Internet would not be happy trailing along, or worse, staying at the end of the line, right? So if you try to Google the words cook or chef, cooking ribs, you would definitely be loaded with sites dealing with those words.
What am I driving at here? If you are one of those people who have just been bitten with the cooking bug, then I bet you are baking or cooking new recipes, either for your family or for customers in your business. If that’s the case, you would like more information about choosing the basic baking tools you would need. And I bet you would like to watch more cooking videos about them, too.
Let’s focus on baking for the meantime. To have success in baking, you must carefully measure every ingredient. Consequently, measuring cups and spoons must be way up there on your list of baking tools.
Liquid measuring cups together with a set of dry measuring cups and spoons should be included in your list. For the liquid cups Pyrex is absolutely an excellent choice. 2-cup-glass-measure is ideal for most situations. You can get dry measuring spoons and cups made of plastic; however, stainless steel will lasts longer so it’s a better choice.
Including a pair of baking sheets is also a must. “Jelly roll pan” (the type with raised edges) is one of the most versatile. It works well for both meats and cookies. We don’t advice anything thin; it will easily warp. Aluminum is standard, but a light color is good choice, because dark sheets have the tendency to get too hot. To maintain baking sheets effectively, use one exclusively for baking and for cheeses and the other for meats. Lining your baking sheets with parchment paper every time you use them will help you to keep them looking nice much longer.
For crisps, brownies, cakes, cobblers, and the like, you need glass baking dishes so you might as well include them in your basic list. Light colored glass, ceramic, or stoneware is ideal for this purpose. Sudden and drastic changes in temperature will not have any bad effect for stoneware and ceramics so they are safe for oven, freezer, and microwave.
An 8 x 8 inch size is great for most baking purposes, but in the future you can also invest in a loaf pan and a pie dish.
You can use rectangular, round, and square cake pan if you enjoy baking cakes. Look for the type with non-stick coating.
A good set of oven mitts will be handy when baking. Not like pot holders, mitts are idea because they can protect the whole hand and even the power part of your arm. Choose a pair with built in loops for easy hanging.
You can include a muffin pan so you can choose to bake muffins to add variety to the line-up of baked products that you can make. In cooking videos and books, it’s common to see silicone pans, but old fashioned-aluminum-non-stick pans usually work much better. You’re advised to avoid thin muffin tins because they warp easily.