When following certain recipes or cooking videos, measuring may not be absolutely necessary. But for baking success, every ingredient must be measured carefully. That’swhy measuring cups and spoons should be at thetop of your baking tools list. You’ll need a liquidmeasuring cup, as well as a set of dry measuringcups and spoons. Pyrex is an excellent choice forthe liquid cup. A 2 cup glass measure works formost situations. Plastic is fine for dry measuring spoons and cups, but heavy stainless steel – though more expensive – lasts much longer.
Mixing bowls are also a must. To start, you may only need two bowls: One large and one medium-sized.Stainless steel is the top choice among bakers, since it chills well (which is great when making certain doughs), but glass or plastic is fine, too.
One or two baking sheets are also important. The typewith raised edges (sometimes called a “jelly roll pan”) is the most versatile, working just as well for meats as cookies. Don’t buy anything thin, since it will warp.Aluminum is the standard, but choose a light color, since dark sheets may get too hot. To keep the baking sheetslooking nice, either use one only for baking and one only for meats and cheeses, or line your baking sheets with parchment paper every time you use them.
For baking brownies, crisps, cobblers, cakes, and the like, glass baking dishes are a must. Look for light coloredglass, ceramic, or stoneware. Stoneware and ceramic are oven, freezer, and microwave safe, and don’t mindsudden and drastic changes in temperature. Glass dishesare appropriate for the oven and microwave, but not the freezer; they don’t like sudden changes in temperature. For baking, an 8 x 8 in. size is ideal for most purposes,but you may also wish to invest in a pie dish and at least one loaf pan, also. If you like baking cakes, you’ll want at least one basic round, square, or rectangular cake