One of my favorite pieces of equipment is a bowl scraper; a little piece of plastic that costs less than $2.00. Curved on one side, the bowl scraper can reach around curves and get batter out of the bowl better than any spoon or spatula. The opposite side of the scraper is a flat edge that you can use to level off measuring spoons and smooth out any wrinkles in whatever you’re working with.
I got my first bowl scraper over a year ago as a free giveaway at a pastry event, but I never realized what it did until I saw someone use it as a scraper at Polka Dot. For over a year I only used it to level, but now that I know its true talent my scraper has become an invaluable tool when baking. (Jacques Torres agrees. He listed it as one of his favorite pieces of equipment in the book Dessert Circus and says he often carries one around in his jacket pocket.)
This new discovery has renewed my interest in finding good tools for baking. Andrew once said that any job is easy as long as you have the right tools, and I certainly agree. As many of you have noticed, the “Baking Equipment” section on this site lacks content and I think it’s time to give it the attention it deserves. I would like to create a list of baking equipment that no baker should be without. Now that you’ve heard one of my selections for the list, I’d like to hear some of your favorites. Send me any recommendations and I’ll investigate and report back. I look forward to hearing all about the tools that make the life of a baker a little easier (and more fun.) Thank you!
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