I love to bake.
Know my T. from my t. (that’s Tablespoon & teaspoon)
Know the glory of parchment paper (it saves the life of your baked goods people!)
So you want to improve your baking and cooking?
Well, the first thing you can do is to just keep doing it. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect over time, and most times, even if it’s messed up it still tastes good and you can hide the results in your stomach.
Second, follow the recipe. I’m serious! When you’re new to cooking & baking or new to a specific technique, follow the recipe. Don’t substitute, don’t change the ingredients. There is often a good reason the recipe instruction is written that way. Sometimes, yes, you can mix it up a bit, but that is an option for a later time. Especially with baking, you need to stick to what’s listed. Baking is a fine art, and a wrong substitution can bring it from a Picasso painting to a toddler crayon scribble on your newly painted wall.
And finally, get yourself a kitchen scale! I know some of you will be doubters, but I can not tell you how often I’ve used mine. Multiple times per week for sure! It’s one of those things that once you get it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
Need 9 oz of chocolate chips to melt for a recipe out of a 12 oz bag?
How much is 1 lb of ground beef out of this 2.5 lb package?
10 oz of spaghetti out of this 16 oz bag?
Hmmm…should you eyeball it? Do math? Take a handful and hope for the best?
So what scale to get?
I’ll be honest, there are LOTS out there with all kinds of features and all kinds of prices. Recently EatSmart sent me a kitchen scale to try. I’ve been using a scale in my kitchen for over 15 years, but I was very excited to try out the EatSmart scale for 2 reasons:
- It has excellent accuracy (down to 1 gram or .1 oz) and it weighs up to 11 lbs! My current scale only goes to 5 lbs and is only accurate to 2 grams.
- Its slim design makes storage so easy. My current scale is pretty bulky, but this one is actually thinner than my wood cutting board!
So get out there and get some baking done! Today I have some gluten free hamburger buns in the oven from Megan at Allergy Free Alaska. Can’t wait to dig into those later! And if you’d like to have a chance to win one of these great scales, enter below – EatSmart is giving one away to one of my blog readers! (US residents only, please)
Are you a baker? What is your favorite thing to bake? Do you use a kitchen scale?
(EatSmart Products did send me this scale to try, but all opinions are 100% mine!)