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Top 10 Equipment Necessary for Baking

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Whether you're new to baking or want to get someone else prepared for the fine art of baking, here is a list of the necessary equipment. This is the perfect shopping list. Keep in mind that these are once in a lifetime purchases, as they are top quality products.

1. Measuring Cups and Spoons

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2009 Pricegrabber Inc. Photo
You absolutely must have measuring cups and spoons when baking. Don't forget to get the glass measuring cups too.
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2. Mixing Bowls

2009 Mixed Lemon Glaze Photo - Step 8 by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Mixed Lemon Glaze Photo - Step 8 by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Can't mix ingredients without a mixing bowl. Typically, I need to used at least 2 bowls each time I bake.
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3. Wire Whisk

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2009 Pricegrabber Inc. Photo
You just can't efficiently stir sauces without a wire whisk.
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4. Mixers

Old Bluey makes mixing cookie batter a breeze.
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The ultimate mixer for anyone who bakes is, of course, a stand mixer. I love my KitchenAid. A stand mixer may not be for everyone. Not to worry though because there are plenty of great hand mixers out there. I use mine a lot so I've got a KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 7 hand mixer.
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5. Baking Pan Sets

These are just two of the pans needed for baking.
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You can't bake without bakeware. Baking pans like loaf pans, cake pans, pie plates, baking sheets and so on are necessary for baking.
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6. Rubber Spatulas

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2009 Pricegrabber Inc. Photo
You can never have too many rubber spatulas. The spoon-shaped spatula is perfect when removing cake batter from a bowl.
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7. Cooling Racks

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2008 Cooling Racks Photo by Pricegrabber, Inc., licensed to About.com
Make sure to get one large enough to hold 2 cake layers or get 2 smaller racks.
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8. Knives

Strawberry and Knife 170
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Every kitchen needs a good set of knives like this paring knife. A long serrated knife is another good knife needed. It would be used to cut through a cake horizontally. If you get a good knife like a Wusthof, your gift will be treasured for a lifetime.
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9. Timer

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2008 Pricegrabber Inc. Photo
It's hard to bake something right if you don't know how long it's been cooking.
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10. Oven Mitts and Aprons

Some people are pot holder people and some people are oven mitt people. I fall in the later category. I always seem to burn myself with a pot holder, but never with my mitts.
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