I’m A Former Pastry Chef and These Are the 10 Kitchen Tools I Can’t Live Without
Because I used to work in restaurants as a pastry chef and then had my own donut company, I have a bit more experience than your average home cook. And while lots of restaurant habits never made the transition to my home kitchen, the truth is, once you have the practices of a restaurant ingrained in your muscle memory, they’re pretty hard to undo. For instance, I still label my food storage containers with the date, and I still rearrange my fridge according to the Food Handler’s Safety recommendations. As much as I used to complain about all the little daily tasks involved in professional kitchen life, they really do streamline cooking and baking.
The same goes for gear. My kitchen is stocked with so many restaurant kitchen essentials (I’m talking knife sharpeners, unexpected cleaning tools, and specialized peelers) even though I rarely plate up fancy pastries or make multiple components for desserts these days. Truthfully, these tools make spending time in my kitchen so much more enjoyable (and much easier).
So I figured it might be time to share some tricks of the trade. I’ve rounded up ten of my non-negotiable baking essentials for anyone and everyone who spends even a shred of time in their kitchen. Trust me, these items will make any baking adventure even sweeter.