10 Essential Baking Tools you can buy Online for Cake Recipes in February 2017

A list of 10 baking essentials if you are starting to bake or looking to enhance your toolkit. All listed tools can be bought online in India through Amazon.

Baking is a very specialized stream of culinary art and needs a very special set of tool to get the results and job done. Thanks to online shopping, now such tools can be bought almost anywhere in India.

Here we are listing some of the Best Selling essentials if you are starting to bake or looking to enhance your toolkit.

  • Baking & Cooking Parchment Paper 

    Starting the list with small but essential part. Use this highly glazed paper to avoid sticking, using less oil, easy cleaning and cutting cost. This one by Oddy is sold on Amazon for Rs.199 only.

    Besides baking this one would make your life easier in kitchen as well.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

You need to be sure about the amount of ingredients you put in your mix, and for that a set of measuring Cups & Spoons become essential part of the mix. This 8 piece Silicone Measuring Cup Spoon set by Bulfyss makes to our list because it collapsible, gives you lot of measuring flexibility and looks super cute too. Get it shipped to anywhere in India for Rs.365 by Amazon.

Easy to store, flexible measuring options
  • Hand Mixer

    When it comes to baking, a hand-mixer is a better investment if you are just getting into baking or if you are an experienced baker then this is a must have tool. You will need for all types of mixing. Two makes of hand mixers deserve a mention here – Philips for Rs. 1891 and if you are looking for something more professional or sexy then KitchenAid Hand Mixer for Rs. 4,490 has potential of being your best friend for a long time.

premium and professional hand blender by Kitchen Aid
Philip Hand-mixer from their Daily collection.
  • Oven Thermometer

    As good as your oven is, there would always be a major discrepancy in the temperature it shows and actual temperature inside. An easy solution are Oven Thermometers available at super cheap prices on Amazon. We look at several products, and this generic one is the Best Seller for a reason. Get it for Rs.275.

    Generic Oven Thermometer
  • Kitchen Scale

    Now this one is SUPER useful not only in baking but in so many other things. But you will definitely need one for baking to follow the recipe or standardize your own.  Besides that it is so useful in day-to-day cooking specially if you are particular about your diet, portions or food wastage in general. Though there are cheaper digital scales available, however we picked this one for our list just because it looks so cool, and of-course has good feedback and reviews. Get Health Sense Chef-Mate Digital Kitchen Scale for Rs.999.

This device is much smaller than what it appears to be in picture.
  • Cookie Cutters or Mould

Imagine the THOUSAND things  you can do with this set of 12 moulds or cutters. And not only in baking but to make mathis, barfis, brownies, eggs, Tikkis, Kebabs and so many other things. This 12 piece stainless steel last you a lifetime. Going for Rs. 187 on Amazon.

multipurpose Moulds and cutters made of steel
  • Cake Pans for Baking

You will find several versions of moulds and pans to give shape to your baking, however if you are a stickler for perfection, then go for these Pushpans sold on Amazon. You just make the cake in the pan and then push it from bottom, the cake comes out with the base. There are some basic round moulds also available, however go for these if you can afford them. Available in three sizes : 20 cm, 23 cm, and 26 cm.

We love this one, if looking for cheaper options do check non-designer and basic versions.
  • Spatulas and Brushes

    As experienced bakers would say, you cannot have enough Spatulas if you are serious about your baking. Avoid the cheap ones and invest in a good single piece set for long term needs. Here is a set of 3 for Rs. 770 we found on amazon for you.

Spatula, Brush and Scraper
  • Palette Knife for Icing and Decoration

Basic tool in arsenal of every cake makers, you must have atleast one of these if you are even slightly serious about your art. Its a simple knife which is slightly bent and is a standard design used by bakers all around. You can pick this one on Amazon for under Rs.200.

Bent knife for cake decoration

 

  • Icing Bag with Different Nozzles

To give icing the shape you want. Comes with a set of nozzles with different designs, if you get bored of the ones that already come with this set, you can buy other types of nozzles as well. This one is going for under Rs.300 on amazon.

Icing bag with nozzlers
  • Turntable to Ice and Decorate the cake.

    While doing intricate decorations either you need to move around the cake or make the cake move around you. Choice is yours. Get it? Never-mind. Checkout this revolving cake stand on amazon, hopefully would make your life easier.

Thanks for reading, hope this post was helpful. Do let us know which one you ended by buying in the comments.

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Inside KFC – For a Kitchen Tour

I love kitchens be it industrial, commercial, hotel, restaurant, home or even that tiny one at a roadside kiosk! I have this keen curiosity to see what is happening behind those closed doors to prepare some delicious food. So recently when we got the invite to attend the KFC Kitchen Tours and sneak inside their kitchen to see how such yummy food is cooked- I was super excited to unravel some closely guarded secrets. Also for such big chains you assume some big machines and rocket science must be involved to dish out food at lightening fast speed with consistent taste every single time! But then I was in for some surprises, not only they have some sophisticated equipment but also innate human involvement.
Fiery Grilled Chicken
For the matter of fact I was informed that anyone can walk into any of the 345 KFC kitchens across the country to see how Chefs marinate real chicken pieces in some exotic herbs & spices, hand bread it and fry it fresh in real time. The only condition being you aren’t allowed to carry your mobile phones, bags, watch or any form of jewelry. This claim itself instills lot of trust, that nothing special or for show is done when they are inviting people like me to have a sneak peak!
Chicken Zinger, Fiery Grilled Chicken and some Drinks
As I expected we were asked to cover our heads and beards (if any) with a hair net and then wash our hands with soap and hot water and finish it up with a sanitiser – all this is done using handsfree taps to ensure no bacteria is transmitted.
It was heartening to see how KFC has especially taken special measures in India to segregate the veg and non veg section to honor our religious sensibilities. The kitchen not only has dedicated sections with different fryers, utensils but also exclusive workforce and come what may no trespassing is allowed. The kitchen staff has different colored uniforms just to ensure no mingling happens.
I was also impressed with the fact that how the deep freezer area had two door handles- one for the staff working with vegetarian food items and other for the non vegetarian food items. And of course these handles are sanitized lot of times during the day to keep the contamination away. The KFC guys surely know how finicky we Indian can be 😉
This visit has also put my many apprehensions to rest, especially that chicken used at KFC is mutated, lab grown and injected with steroids. To my pleasant surprise, I saw how only 100% real Farm Bred Frozen Chicken pieces were being freshly marinated in their secret spice mix, hand breaded and fried within two minutes to avoid any contamination. The chicken is also cooked at a minimum temperature of 100 degree Celsius to ensure that it is properly cooked and is safe for human consumption. I hope in the times to come they start using Free Range Chicken. But thank God no reconstructed meat was being used. We were also told how only a bird/chicken of specific weight is used for a dish and how each piece of chicken goes through 34 quality checks to ensure only the best reaches our plate. 
Fries, Strawberry Krusher, Chicken Popcorns and very delicious Paneer Zinger
They source their chicken from some of the most reputed players in the country – mainly Venky’s, Godrej and Suguna and use whole pieces of leg, breast, rib, wings or thigh meat for different dishes on the menu.
I always assumed  that their chicken popcorns are made from the wastage or the leftover bits and pieces but was enlightened by their Chief of Food Innovations that whole pieces of boneless chicken are cut down into bite size chunks and some exotic spices are used to make one of their most popular dish.
They use only fresh vegetables for the burgers, wraps etc. No preserved or frozen vegetables are used. Oh if like me you disregarded their Alphonso Burst Krusher on the assumption that fruit preserve or some artificial essence is used then you are in for a surprise – they use only real chunks of Alphonso mangoes, no wonder it is so tasty and refreshing! I still don’t know how calories dense is it, considering tonnes of sugar goes into it 😉
Fries with different dips, Krushers and Original Crispy Chicken
It was fascinating to see how well developed and defined their processes are, which leave no scope for goof ups. Having spent some good amount of time in a restaurant kitchen I know it for a fact how easily hygiene standards can be maintained if proper processes are in place. 
Honestly I am not a regular at the KFC and this was my visit after a really long time. I was really impressed with all the new products they have added to the menu keeping in mind the Indian palette and if you haven’t tried their Paneer Zinger as yet then you are surely missing something- it was super tasty with a thick slice of Paneer doused in masalas that remind you of Paneer pakoras. We also tried their new OMG Burger which has a disk of Omelette, Molten Cheese and Golden potato hash brown all sandwiched between super soft buns for just Rs. 59. 
I love their fiery grilled chicken and once again it was done to perfection, if you enjoy spicy Indian flavors then you will surely relish this. Of course I enjoyed all this and much more while chatting with their Chief Food Innovations and realized how high quality standards are maintained right from procuring the healthiest meat from the farms to the state of the art cooking processes to the  brilliant packaging. 
This experience was quite an eye opener for me and has put lot of perceived notions to rest! We might perceive and say how industrial or assembly line sorta food they serve but the truth of the matter is lot of love, care and personal attention goes into making that fingerlickin’ fried chicken. It might not be the lowest calorie food you will ever eat, but it sure is hygienic 😉

Here is an advertisement video by KFC which makes the claim of separate Vegetarian and non-vegetarian areas official too.