Why You Should Buy Baking Tools at the Hardware Store
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bamidance March 26, 2017
My dad had square lengths of wood in varying heights that he used for rolling out cookie dough. Nobody rivaled his cookies. They were a uniform height and baked evenly. I guess his metal working, mechanical background got him the idea many decades ago. I kept those when my parents passed away, a treasured memory of baking Christmas cookies in Germany.
Patty March 22, 2017
My husband bought me a rubber mallet about 30 yrs ago at a hardware store and I still use it to pound meat like chicken to make it thinner and more even for cutlets and to make cracker and graham cracker crumbs. Works great.
lakelurelady March 22, 2017
We love cedar planked salmon. The boards you buy in cooking stores are expensive. You can go to one of the big box stores and buy 1"x6" untreated white cedar planks in any length. We buy several at a time. Soak them in water for several hours before using.
FrugalCat March 21, 2017
I got a 7 inch square paver for less than a dollar. I use it to weigh down my salmon while it cures in the fridge.
Windischgirl March 21, 2017
My digital kitchen scale came from Harbor Freight: $20...less if you go in with a coupon. Hubby's favorite place to shop. I can overlook a lot of shortcomings if distracted by kitchen toys...
AntoniaJames March 21, 2017
Not directly on point, but a tip - many hardware stores sell some items also found at cooking specialty stores, but at a much better price. Case in point: the Mason jars by the dozen at Ace Hardware (Grand Lake), which sells them year round, are always a buck or two less than the other local sources. The same holds true for the metal disk "dome lids" one needs when re-using the jars and bands. ;o)
Smaug March 21, 2017
Also the place to go for parts for my old Osterizer blender, which I've never seen a reason to replace.
fsamis March 21, 2017
I only caution that some of the tools made not be made from food grade materials which means under certain circumstances (heating most likely) they could leach undesirable compounds into your food. So just be careful!
J March 20, 2017
My favorite pastry-dough tool is a 15-inch-square ceramic floor tile that I bought at Home Depot for $3. It is a perfect size for pie dough and stores vertically in my fridge, always ready to provide a chilled surface for rolling out dough. Marble boards cost $50-$130 and weigh a TON: mine is super-lightweight and therefore super-easy to clean. Look for a tile with a relatively-smooth surface.
Erica March 21, 2017
This is the coolest idea, I can't wait for my next trip to Home Depot! Thank you!
Smaug March 20, 2017
You probably won't want to invest in a table saw (or radial arm saw) just for this, but if you have one or know someone who does, you can easily manufacture guides of any thickness that will stay put better than dowels. I find that the sizes I usually end up using most are not common dowel sizes; also, dowels are notorious for not being accurately sized or straight.
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