life in a tiny apartment.

November 21, 2012

Tip #40: Baking supplies.

This is more of a list than a tip. In addition to questions about how many people we can squeeze within these four walls, I get asked about the stuff that we manage to cram in here. Now that it’s the season of pies and cookies and cakes, the questions have started to be about baking in particular. Everything we own in the baking department isn’t pictured above, but I’ve written it all down below to give you an idea of our arsenal. The list could certainly be pared down, but we’ve found everything here to be more or less useful.* Here, an annotated list:

1. kitchen aid mixer: vintage. yellow. never leaving our side.
2. sieve: we broke the handle off our old one. this one is nicer and pretty, too.
3. mixing bowls: multiple sets. we love them, so they stay.
4. whisk: the handle on this puppy throws it off balance, but the rubber means it doesn’t scratch.
5. wooden spoon: for mixing, serving, sipping.
6. rubber spatula: classic. simple. functional.
7. cast iron skillet: good for corn bread, biscuits, and just ’bout everything else. {wish we had a lid}.
6. measuring cups (wet and dry): i really want a vintage three spout measuring cup. one sweet day.
7. measuring spoons: james constantly removes these spoons from their ring. drives me bonkers. otherwise, great.
8. baking sheet: a real workhorse. we use it for everything from roasting veggies to making cookies.
9. baking dish: if you ever want brownies, you need something like this (the baking sheet covers most other bases).
10. tart pan: we have a ceramic pan. it’s pretty, doesn’t take up much room, and we use it near weekly.
11. pie plate: green. from my mama. could make a pie in a tart pan, but it’d be awfully tiny.
11. hand mixer: entirely superfluous now that we have big bertha up there. but we bought it, so it stays.
12. rolling pin: james loves our rolling pin. i can never seem to roll an even crust with it. marriage. compromises.
13. pastry cloth: cheapest, most awesome thing ever. makes rolling out crust (and cleaning up after it) so.much.easier.

*I did my best to include links for the curious among us. In some cases I wasn’t able to find the exact product, so there are approximations included instead.

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  • Reply J+H @ Beyond The Stoop November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    GREAT list!! 1 thing i would add for those with a completely gas stove/oven… kitchen timer! although most phones have a timer setting, sometimes there's nothing better than to hear that "ding" and smell what's cookin'

    cheers and happy thanksgiving :)

    • Reply erin November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      ha! i *never* use a timer. or remember when i put in things in the oven. winging it, always.

  • Reply Robyn November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    you have a kitchenaid mixer, swooon. I just bought a kitchenaid blender that I love…a bit of saving will come before the mixer. beautiful. (yes-beautiful!)

    • Reply erin November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      thanks, robyn! it's a real treasure in our house, passed down from james's mom!

    • Reply Elizabeth November 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      I, too, have the very same mixer, inherited from my grandma. Definitely worth the storage space.

  • Reply little kitchie November 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    we have the SAME mixer… love that yellow. it takes up way too much space in our teeny kitchen, but it's worth it. :)

    • Reply erin November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      so much room. to be totally honest, i kind of feel like the amount that we use it doesn't really justify the space that it takes up. but it's a real heirloom, so we love it anyway!

  • Reply slip4 November 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love this list. Thanks!

  • Reply Martha Rule November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I love this. Essentials. Are those vintage pyrex bowls? They are my faves.

  • Reply Daniella C November 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The Kitchen Aid Mixer was the best purchase ever, I love mine! Just made chocolate chip cookies the other day.

  • Reply erin November 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Whoops! Forgot two: 2 9 inch bread loaf pan & 2 9 inch round cake pans! For birthdays and other times when sweets need to come in twos!

  • Reply Adriana F November 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    We have the same wooden spoon heehee!

  • Reply Mrs. White November 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

    How have I been baking practically all of my 39 years and have never heard of a pastry cloth?!? Thank you!

  • Reply Ling Wang January 16, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I highly recommend these measuring spoons if you're tired of dealing with the ring! AND you get two uses out of each measurement because they're double-ended. Very compact too =) I've been reading through your tiny apt living list after being linked here via your post on A Cup of Jo, in case you're wondering how I ended up so far in the past!

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