Considering Dessert Equipment

I could blindly hand you a list of dessert equipment recommendations. However, it would be prudent when habits and personal choices is considered.

Some of you may cherish this idea to go part- or full-time professional. Sometimes dessert tools are hardly used or not at all. Carefully consider the need.

Otherwise, you might find yourself spending a lot of money unnecessarily.

Someone may create a dessert by preferation, by demand, or through cultural heritage. Whatever the background, you're going to see different dessert equipment with each family.

Additionally, some families cook a lot and often, almost as much as a professional cook. Reason enough to get serious about the kitchen if the tools make cooking easier, faster, and better.

The workload can be high. Carefully consider your options. Don't be afraid to ask questions at the warehouse.

Things you Can't do Without

Besides general utensils like spatulas, spoons, and knives, other kitchen instruments can be very convenient. Some of them are even indispensable such as a scale or measuring beakers.

Check the following items for your personal goals :

  • An accurate scale
  • A good oven
  • Hand mixer
  • Cooling rack
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Stand mixer
  • Kitchen timer
  • An oven thermometer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking shapes & rings
  • Baking paper
  • Wire whisk

...and for some of you may be a good ice cream machine. Most of the tools and utensils (like bowls, knives, and spatulas) are probably already in your possession since they have a general purpose in cooking.

These can include (dessert) supplies such as baking mats, piping bags, and so on.

The essential dessert equipment of a pastry chef is more extensive as their experience allow them to produce a wider range of desserts.

Examples of Dessert Equipment Criteria

Advantages of Good
Stoves and Ovens

  1. Higher heat generation
  2. They last longer
  3. Cooks economically
  4. Food cooks faster
  5. More features
  6. Safer

Advantages of
Stand Mixers

  1. Faster preparation
  2. Hands free
  3. Multiple tasks
  4. Less mess
  5. More time for other things
  6. Versatile

Does the checklist of the dessert equipment include everything you need? How far are you willing to take your hobby of making dessert recipes?

As time goes by, find out if additional tools are needed.

If the idea is to grow towards a patisserie then you will need to consider the costs.

A small, commercial oven can cost as much as €500, at a minimum!

In the end, owning expensive dessert equipment that you hardly use won't make you a better hobby (pastry) chef.

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