Have you caught the baking bug this quarantine season? I know I have! If you have not yet gathered all the great gear you can use to make delicious vegan bakes at home here is a list of some of my favorite vegan kitchenware for the home baker!
Years ago, when I started baking, I just picked up a few of the so called “essentials for beginners”. But after spending so much time in the kitchen that I love I found that not all these gadgets and do-dads really are essential.
So, I have come up with a list of those items that I find the most helpful in baking and make cooking (and even cleaning up) just that much easier!
Vegan Kitchenware for the Home Baker
Vegan Kitchenware – Hand Tools
Silicone Coated Spatula – A flat silicone spatula is the perfect tool for lifting hot cookies from a cookie sheet. I prefer rubber to plastic as it can stand more heat, is easier to clean and seems to lift better in my opinion. They also last a lot longer than the plastic version. I’ve accidentally burned my plastic spatulas when not being careful, but the silicone one is still going without a blemish!
Silicone scraper – I am in love with rubber scrapers. I have approximately 7 in my utensil holder and for good reason. These versatile tools help you scrap every bit of batter from bowls and are gentle when using to fold foams into batters. Plus, they hare a snap to clean as you can just wipe them down with soap and water.
Wooden spoon – Some recipes specifically call for using a wooden spoon, so I keep one on hand. Some people say that wooden spoons take on subtle flavors and using them over and over for the same recipe can help with consistency. I don’t know how much of that is true, but you never know! I use mine when a recipe calls for one.
Vegetable peeler – Yes, even in baking I use my vegetable peeler. It comes in handy when I want to peel citrus rinds, or am baking up a carrot or zucchini cake!
Rolling pin – A long one is more useful, but I am not a fan of the French style that tapers off at the ends.
Can opener – For those convenience items like canned chickpeas, coconut milk etc.
Tongs – A good pair of tongs will save your fingers from burns if used properly. Never try to lift anything from an oiled pan without the proper utensil! Kitchen safety is critical.
Whisk – I like to have various sizes for various amounts of batter. I have a small one just for whisking together small liquids and a rather large one to help bring together my muffin and cake batters. As much as I love my stand mixer, there are times when a gentler option is to go with the handheld whisk.
High quality chef’s knife – Did not expect a knife on the vegan kitchenware list? Well, I use mine for chopping dried fruits, nuts, chocolate etc. Having a good sharp knife is much safer than a dull knife.
Spider – Yes, it is called a spider, but it is really a wide strainer with a long handle often used for fishing out things from hot liquid. Think donuts!
Kitchen Shears – I do not know how many times I have reached for my kitchen shears. They are a must for me. Just remember to keep them sharp. Sharp tools are safe tools. Traditionally kitchen sears are used for cutting meats, but I use mine for everything to finely cut fresh herbs to opening packages. It’s just a good rule to have a pair kept clean specifically for kitchen use.
Bench scraper – You will not regret investing in a bench scraper. This tool helps keep sticky doughs from sticking to surfaces as you knead. It can also be a great tool for transferring doughy items to cookie sheets without losing their shape.
Fine grater – Ever tried to get lemon zest from chopping? Me either, get a fine grater and save yourself the hassle!
Vegan Kitchenware – Measuring Instruments
Good measuring spoon set – I have this old plastic set I like to use. A good rule is to get one that has 1/4th teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, and 1 teaspoon as well as ½ tablespoon and 1 tablespoon. This will give you more accurate measurements. And baking is all about accurate measurements.
Good measuring cups set – The same principle applies for the measuring cups. I have a stainless steel set I like that has flat edges, making it easy to use the “scoop and sweep” method of measuring out dry ingredients.
Liquid measuring cups – Did you know that liquid and dry measuring cups have different volumes? It’s true! If you try using your dry goods measuring cups with a liquid ingredient you will be off on your recipe proportions so I would spend the money now and invest in a liquid measuring cup to avoid baking disasters. You will want a small enough cup to measure 1/4th cup but large enough for at least 2 cups. You may have to get more than one size.
Set of mixing bowls (various sizes) – I prefer the nesting kind with lids for easy storage. I love my Pioneer Woman bowl from Walmart.
Kitchen scale – If you use weight to measure out your ingredients grab a kitchen scale. Traditionally weight is a more reliable way of measuring out ingredients so a scale that can give you both weight in grams and ounces is great to have, but not entirely necessary if you are ok with baking with cups and measuring spoons.
Oven thermometer – Oven temperatures can vary greatly, and without knowing you could follow a recipe to a T and still end up with burnt or underdone bakes. Even new ovens can have temperature issues so I would put this on my ‘must have’ list. I got mine KitchenAid oven thermometer for just $15 on Amazon (not an affiliate link).
Candy thermometer – Good for candy but also great for oil temperature for frying. This is a great tool to have when making donuts or other friend desserts and snacks.
Vegan Kitchenware – Appliances
Food processor – This is a non-essential tool, but I rely on it heavily. You can get away with hand chopping or using a blender for most things you would use this for, but it sure is a time saver! I have a relatively small one, but I am in the savings stage of getting a bigger one. I find this item is well worth the money. It brings dough together quickly, can chop nuts, berries, other fruits, and is great at making your own oat flour!
Stand Mixer (or handheld electric beater) – I got a stand mixer as a wedding gift and it is truly the gift that keeps on giving! I would not know what to do without the ease of this machine. Making vegan meringue? Just set up the whisk attachment and whisk away!On things that sometimes take a long time to whisk (i.e., aquafaba), this machine will save your arms from falling off. It is excellent for creaming butter, mixing batters and even has attachments to peel vegetables and make ice cream! They are very pricey, but worth every penny. I have heard of stand mixers lasting more than 10 years. Mine is on year 7 and still works as well as the day I got it.
Blender – A good blender will allow you to make smooth emulsions and other liquid treats.
Vegan Kitchenware – Pots & Pans
Half sheet pan or regular cookie sheet – Baking pans are all on my “must have” items list. How do you make delicious scones, cookies, and crackers without a pan? My point exactly.
Loaf pan – If you are into baking breads and pound cakes it’s really great to have a bread pan/loaf pan for perfectly shaped breads and cakes.
9” cake pans (2) – I’m a huge cake fan and find I make more cakes than just about any other dessert; most recipes use 2 cake pans to get layer cakes. You can get away with just one if you are willing to bake in batches. I most recently used my cake pans to make this Insanely Delicious Blueberry Lemon Cake. They come in handy time and time again.
Bundt pan – In the same spirit of the loaf pan, if you are interested in this type of cake it is great to have on hand. I got mine at a local craft store for only about $10.
Muffin pan – I make a lot of cupcakes and muffins, so I have 2 tins that both get a lot of use. You can also use these pans to make mini treats such tarts and appetizers. I have an additional mini-cupcake pan that I use for tartlets and candies.
9” pie pan – I suggest getting at least one pie pan if you’re interested in making pies. If you have a large tart pan that could work instead. If you don’t make homemade crust you can always just use the pan the premade crust comes in. I actually have a few pie pans. I especially love my seasonal spring pie pan!
Dutch oven – Used for frying mostly.
Cast iron skillet – A good cast iron skillet will last a lifetime if properly taken care of. A great example of vegan baking with a cast iron skillet is my Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! If you enjoy crisp on the outside, soft on the inside chocolate packed cookies you’ll love this cookie recipe!
Set of pots and pans – I have a set of KitchenAid pots and pans that I love. I would recommend getting a set that includes a small saucepan, a medium saucepan, a skillet, a deep sided skillet and a large pot. Preferably all pots and pans would come with tight fitting lids.
9” x 13” cake pan – After watching the Great British Bakeoff I learned that these pans are used for “traybakes”. I do not know what the American equivalent of this baked dessert style would be but it is basically a thicker version of a sheet cake. This pan is just perfect for brownies (and lasagna too, if that is what you are into, P.S. I am!).
Casserole dish – Why a casserole dish for baking? Ever tried a French Toast Casserole? How about a batch of ooey gooey cinnamon rolls? Trust me, you are going to want to share and a casserole dish makes this a sinch! You can even find them with lids for easy transportation.
Vegan Kitchenware – All the Extras
Wire drying rack – When you leave items in a hot pan to cool completely the heat from the pan will continue to cook from the bottom. It is best to wait 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. You will get a better texture and flavor if you do not overcook.
Silicone mat – This keeps your baked goods from sticking to the pan without using loads of oil or parchment paper.
Fine mesh sieve – Great for sifting dry ingredients or straining just about anything. I used mine in my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe and more.
Colander – Great for washing fruit and berries. You probably already have one if you make pasta at home. I love a tool that does multiple things!
Cutting board – I have both plastic and wooden boards but for baking I prefer the plastic variety.
Citrus juicer – I prefer the kind with handles pictured below, but if you have the twist kind that works too!
Oven mitts – Really a no-brainer for getting extremely hot items out of an extremely hot oven!
Trivet – A trivet is a coaster for hot pots and pans. I have one trivet that separates into three, and I do suggest you have more than one. Putting a hot pan ontop of a hot oven can lead to dry baked goods.
Ice cube or other small silicone trays – I mostly use my silicone ice trays for freezing leftover liquids for later use. For example I freeze any leftover aquafaba to use later. It’s a great way to save leftovers!
Gather as you bake
Not all of these are essential for home baking, but I have found that these are the most often used utensils/pans/appliances I have. Do not worry if you do not have all these items, or if you do not have the budget to run out and purchase everything.
I have collected these items as I have the funds and you can too. I will say that having the right tool for the job does make baking easier, especially vegan baking where you get to be a bit creative!
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you found some useful information for your own vegan kitchenware collection. What are some of your favorite vegan kitchenware tools? I’d love to hear from you so drop me a comment below!
Until next time!