Preparing for the holiday meal can be stressful. Having your kitchen ready with products designed to make your dinner preparation a breeze will take the stress out of the perfect holiday meal.
Whether you are baking the family’s favorite pie or cooking the turkey, the right kitchen utensils and tools are a must. Start slow and purchase one or two items a year and before you know it, you will have the right tools for every dish.
My mother and home-ec taught me how to cook and over my many years of cooking, I have learned from my own mistakes and triumphs. I love to follow recipes, but my mother cooks and bakes without recipes. Her homemade biscuits are the best and I have yet been able to replicate them.
Now my son is becoming a fine cook and I always look forward to the meals he prepares. He cooks some of his meals from Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now that cookbook is a little extreme, but for some, it’s a great place to start. I haven’t had my son’s Baked Alaska yet, but I hear it is to die for! The movie Julia & Julia is a great movie about Julia Child’s life. Worth the watch.
I do have a claim to fame when I entered my first cooking contest with a simple bar recipe 2 years ago and won 2nd place! I was told later that I beat out a National Betty Crocker winner. That recipe may have been simple but to the judges, it was a chocolate delight.
All the items listed below are a must for any bakers kitchen. If you love to bake or just starting out I would suggest having large glass mixing bowls, cooling racks, cookie sheets, spatulas, and round cake pans to be your first purchases. I use large cookie sheets for so many things while I am cooking or baking. I even have a couple of really bad looking cookie sheets I would never bake on, to use for carrying things outside when we BBQ.
- Pastry Bags
- Glass Mixing Bowls
- Cooling Rack
- Cookie Sheets
- Round Cake Pans
- Muffin Liners
- Mesh Strainers
- Springform Pan
- Angled Spatula
- Revolving Stand
- Dual Blade Pizza Cutter
- Adjustable Rolling Pin
- Mini Gift Pans
Cooking is anything that isn’t in the baking category. What’s the difference between cooking and baking? Baking calls for precise measuring and is a science. Ex: When you add salt in cake recipes it is there to enhance the flavor of the other ingredients or it controls the fermentation rate of yeast in bread. You can see in baking salt is important but in cooking, you can take it or leave it and it won’t ruin a recipe.
I definitely cook more than I bake because of that reason. I do have a few baking recipes I love to make over and over. But, when it comes to baking good pies and cakes, I leave that up to the seasoned family professionals (my mom and her sister). The items listed below are definitely for holiday cooking but the roasting pan is used for so many other large meat cuts. My suggestion for your first purchase is the potato masher and kitchen shears.
My favorite cookbook is the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It’s been around since the 1930s and has been the #1 selling cookbook ever since. I have my great-grandmothers 7th edition version and the latest BHG cookbook is in its 16th edition. I love that classic red and white check ring binder cookbook.
My suggestion for any new cook is to take it slow. Keep trying more difficult recipes and learn. Cooking is an art and baking is a science, but your family will really appreciate a home-cooked meal from scratch much more than from a box or restaurant.
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!