Baking, as a hobby and an interesting way to learn some new skills, seems to be gaining popularity in almost every household.
Amateur bakers are taking help from the internet and claiming designated baking spaces in their kitchens.
However, setting up a baking corner could be a daunting task and there are many things to take into consideration. While purchasing baking tools and equipment, you might get confused about the price and quality.
But worry not, The Business Standard has made a list of essential equipment and tools to help you set up a baking corner.
Ovens are the most important equipment to purchase if you are planning to get started with baking. There are plenty of options in the market these days.
Some people prefer to use a microwave oven for baking while others prefer having an electric oven or gas oven with burners, depending on their kitchen space.
If you are willing to pay a little extra, getting a gas oven might be a good idea. Gas ovens come with burners thus, useful for cooking as well. They also save electricity.
If you do not have enough space to set up a gas oven in your kitchen, an electric oven is another good option for you. Electric ovens are compact and would not hurt your wallet.
Singer full burner gas oven (model GCB8401):
Whereabouts: Singer showrooms
This budget-friendly gas oven with four burners is a smart kitchen appliance, among all the gas ovens available in the market. You can cook, bake, and grill with it. Compared with others, the Singer gas oven is easier to use. Its price is Tk40,000. You can buy it from any Singer showroom or online.
Siemens five burner gas oven (model HG73G8357M):
Price: Tk1 lakh
Whereabouts: Online store, MA Electronics
This stainless steel gas cooker oven has five burners and is a large capacity oven. It is supported by both natural and LPG gas. It has full flame safety and one-year service warranty.
Although the oven is a little bit pricey and big in size, you can purchase it for longevity and avid baking. Its price is Tk1 lakh. MA Electronics delivers the product for free.
Miyako electric oven (model MT827):
This 27L toaster oven is a simple one for amateur bakers. You can also grill and roast with it. The compact designed and black colour oven has a rotisserie function as well. Its innovative design and feature save time, energy and space. You can cook two dishes at once with different temperatures and time settings.
Miyako ovens are available online and at different electrical stores in Eastern Plaza, Elephant Road etc. You can buy the product on Daraz with TK6,000 and it comes with a two years' local seller warranty.
Nova multi-function electric oven (model NV-25LEO):
Nova electric ovens were popular among professional cooking trainers back in the early 2000s. Even today Nova electric ovens are user-friendly and one of the best in the market. This specific multi-function oven saves power and it is easy to use. It also has a defrost setting and microwave power level.
Nova ovens are available at many stores in New Market, Eastern Plaza, and online. Bdtopshop.com sells Nova ovens.
Mixers are an essential addition to any kitchen, especially for baking. A hand mixer is a must-have tool for creaming butter or whipping up a smooth sauce or egg whites.
The best hand mixer will make the aforementioned tasks a piece of cake, leaving you with consistent results in super-quick time.
Here are our recommendations for the best budget-friendly hand mixers:
Miyako electric egg beater and hand mixer – White
The versatile hand mixer is built with a comfortable grip for convenience. It has a convenient snap-on storage case to keep the attachments and cords together.
This egg beater and mixer has a powerful motor which produces five different speeds plus turbo for a variety of recipes. Price of this small appliance is Tk 2,300.
Daraz sells this specific egg beater and hand mixer.
Walton stand mixer (model WMIX-K15)
Whereabouts: Walton showroom
One of the handy mixers in the market that has stainless steel twin egg beaters and dough hooks. It comes with a three litre rotating bowl. This stylish mixer has a turbo key for maximum speed and operates at five different speeds.
Price of this lightweight stand mixer is Tk1,890 and can be purchased from Walton showrooms.
There is a range of other baking tools that are needed in the kitchen or in the baking area. These are the tools you will need for baking along with electrical appliances.
Whether you are baking a cake or making a cookie or pizza, make sure you have these tools on hand before getting started.
The long list of non-electric tools and appliances includes -measuring cups and spoons, whisks, baking utensils, parchment or butter paper, spatula, pastry brush, cookie cutters, rolling pin, baking sheet etc.
These tools can be bought from various supermarkets as well as online shops (Chaldaal, Evaly, Daraz etc) and local markets. Gulshan DCC Market, New Market, Unimart, Eastern Plaza, Meena Bazaar, Agora sell baking essentials, among others places.
Baking trays and pans
Whereabouts: Unimart, Evaly, Daraz
Baking trays and bakeware come in different sizes and shapes. Depending on your requirement, you can always buy various baking trays within the price range of TK200 to 1,000 from online stores.
Baking trays are also available at most shopping malls and super shops. Most bakeware is made with metal and easy to clean. The non-stick sets are easily washable which makes the experience of baking even better.
Measuring cups and spoons
Whereabouts: Unimart, Daraz , Ajkerdeal
Measuring cups and spoons are essential to measure the ingredients correctly. They are made with both stainless steel and food grade plastic.
They are used to measure both powder and liquid ingredients. An ideal measuring cup and spoon set includes several measurements, ranging from 1/2 tbsp up to one cup.
Many e-commerce sites such as Ajkerdeal, Daraz, Evaly have plenty of options for such products, besides regular super shops.