Monday, November 9, 2009

Must Haves for Baking ::GIVEAWAY::

Giveaway now closed

As you know, I have been baking up a storm as of late. Filling orders for customers and the family. So of course I have some tips for you to make things easier.

I know what you are thinking ..." everyone has tips and ideas on how to do things", and you are right.
BUT ...
Mine really do work (hee hee).

Tip # 1 Buy cookie dough scoops

Seriously! I know you have all seen them and heard about them and thought ..." I don't really need to spend money that. My spoons do just fine. All it will be is another gadget in my kitchen taking up space". I know because I thought the same thing.

Yet, I bought one anyways (it was in the clearance bin) and it did just take up space for the first few months. Then I whipped it out a few weeks ago and have not put it down! I have used it for cookies (of course), to fill mini cupcake pans (perfectly), and to make Oreo truffles (the ones without the sticks).

They can be found everywhere. I got mine at Hobby Lobby and Micheals {yes, I now have two [don't judge, lol.]}.

I also have an ice cream scoop. I bought this baby at Walmart and I am glad I did. The larger size is just right for cupcakes. It fills the cups with the right amount of batter every time. So there is no more "monster or midget cakes" unless you want them.

So let go of the spoons people. It will same you time and sanity.

Tip # 2 Use parchment paper

If you are like me, you can bake all day. But when it is time to clean up ... you are no where to be found. That is why I love parchment paper, you line the cookie sheet with it, slap on the dough, bake, and toss. Since the dough never touches the sheet, you have one less thing to clean. that makes it a must have in my book. I should also mention that your cookies come out better. The paper makes the bottoms of the cookies cook evenly and they literally slide of of the paper.

I really don't know how I baked so long without these things before. I really think you all should try them, so ...

One lucky person will get them all for FREE!
cookie dough scoop, ice cream scoop, and parchment paper
(new ones of course)

How to enter:

Tell me what your favorite baking tip or must have kitchen gadget is in the comments below. Don't forget to leave your email.

Contest ends Nov 13th, 2009 @ 11:59pm central time

Good luck!

Giveaway now closed

Fine print: The winner will be chosen by and announced by Monday Nov. 16th, 2009 . If the original winner cannot be reached within one week of winner announcement, another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to all U.S. residents only (sorry).


InJuneau said...

My favorite baking tip is to make the Christmas Lebkuchen dough early, when you have time, because it never goes bad (no eggs) so can be stored and then baked when you're ready to do your Christmas cookies!

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moonshh on ravelry said...

Hmmm. I think our must-have kitchen gadget is a strainer basket for our teapot that goes all the way down to the bottom. That way, when you want to make a small amount in the pot, the water still circulates through the leaves.

Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Arie said...

favorite "gadget" -- an assortment of pans in various sizes and shapes, especially multiples of different sizes of loaf pans.

best tip -- when making bread, do it "the sourdough way"--make a batter, let it rise, stir it down, make a dough, let it rise, punch it down, shape it, let it rise, and bake! you get the best, most lovely airy breads that way. (tip comes from my mother, and was read in "the good bread book")

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Neha said...

My MUST HAVE kitchen gadget is my pressure cooker! It has opened a whole new world of quick, energy conserving cooking. For example, imagine cooking re-hydrated beans in a pressure cooker in 15 minutes versus a minimum of 2+ hours on stove top!

Carly said...

My "must have" kitchen gadget would be the KitchenAid stand mixer, because it has the best attachments for making home made noodles and lasagna. Delicious. :)

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Laura said...

I cannot LIVE without my breadmaker. I no longer buy any commercial bread, buns, or pizza. I also plan to start trying pasta dough in it. It has become the gadget to beat. Especially since I can use the timer to save myself time... and what beats waking up to fresh bread?!

Magaidh said...

My best kitchen gadget it my zester (like the one here). I always thought that I could get perfectly acceptable zest with a sharp knife, but my little zester does the work in no time, and the zest is finer (with absolutely no pith, as opposed to "a bare minimum of pith" which is what I'd settle for). It means that I add fresh zest to everything now, and it makes such a difference in my cooking! AND it was less than $10. *love*

Anonymous said...

My current favorite kitchen tool is my "broken" 4 quart pressure cooker. I lost the steam gauge long ago, the pressure control popped long ago, and the rubber gasket is gone. However, this dud is absolutely fabulous at making pop corn. 1/6 cup oil + 2/3 cup corn and lots of shaking turns out a perfect 4 qt batch every single time.

Anonymous said...

Oops...forgot: mrspi at verizon dot net.

Prairie Comforts said...

My all time most used item in my kitchen is my slow cooker. I make everything in it! My hubby upgraded mine last Christmas to a suped up - programable one and I love it! I actually have 2 and don't know what I would do without them!

Spike on 4 said...

I am deeply in love with my Zojirushi hot water pot. It keeps 3.5 litres of water at 208 degrees F all day long so I always have water ready for tea, or boiling pasta, or steaming veggies, or even wiping down the counter with hot water.

Spike on 4 said...

Oops! forgot email:

Tracy said...

This might seem lame but I love those silicone scrapers! My husband, however, hates them because then there is less of whatever was in the bowl to lick. So I always leave a bit for him. : )

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sally said...

My favourite gadget is my kitchen aid blender - great for soups and smoothies.

Best baking tip: read recipes twice over as as not to make a mistake. I didn't the morning I made pancakes and used bicarbonate of soda instead of baking powder!!!

Angelfood said...

My grandma made the best apple pies in the world. She added a pinch of this and a dash of that so I am still trying to get it right! My tip is one she gave me. To stop your apple pie apples from turning brown toss your apple slices with a dash of lemon juice. You can do the same thing with guacamole dip - add that dash of lemon juice and it won't turn dark on you.

Bonitalydia said...

Baking tip- if you decide to double or halve a recipe (etc), rewrite the measurements, double check them, and then go by those. I don't know how many times I've had to go back and add the other half to the rest of the ingredients because I slipped up on one thing.

Also, brown sugar=molasses+sugar If you have molasses in the house, you don't need to buy a bag of brown sugar (saves on space)

Ugla said...

Thank you. I've never thought of using my ice cream scoop for baking, but I will try next time.

Nicole ~ The Diva said...

Ugla ... you are very welcome.

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