Help Me Find Good Bowls for Mixing and Baking

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Q: I cook and bake a lot, especially during this time of the year. A lot of these recipes need to have the ingredients beaten. I can’t afford a stand mixer right now, so I use my hand blender. The problem is all the bowls I have are so small that it gets everywhere!

Can you recommend a bowl that wouldn’t get damaged by a hand blender, but be good at keeping the mess in?

Sent by Shawn

Editor: Shawn, this sounds like a good fit for one of our very favorite kitchen tools: The big metal mixing bowl! If you look around at Target, restaurant supply stores, or online, you will find these big metal bowls. The bigger the better, and if they are slightly taller than they are wide, then that is helpful as well. These bowls are easy to clean, indestructible, and good all-round workhorses.

We suggest looking for bowls that are at least 6-quarts in size, and an 8-quart or larger might be helpful too for baking.

One other tip for really big batch baking: Go to the thrift store and look for a big, tall stockpot. If you have room in your kitchen for a really giant stockpot, it can come in handy for extra-big batches of bread, cookies, and caramel corn.

(Image: Faith Durand)

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