It's like your teacher always said: Read the instructions before you begin.
Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit
You know how it’s okay to guess on the SATs but not on your medical history? Well it’s fine to estimate when cooking—a tablespoon here, a handful there—but not when baking, where an extra 25° F and ¼ cup flour can be the difference between chewy cookies and super-thin mutants that spread into one giant Pangea. Together, a scale and an oven thermometer will eliminate risky guesswork, lighting your path to success. Here’s why:
Electronic scale: One cup of any dry ingredient varies in weight depending on how densely it’s packed, but with a scale, you can make sure your measurements are correct and consistent. No more cake-like cookies or brick-like cakes. Not only will a scale save you from cleaning sets of measuring cups (tedious!), but you’ll also use it for brewing coffee and figuring out how many sweet potatoes equal a pound. Click here to read more about how food director Chris Morocco fell in love with this scale—and why thinks you should have one even if you aren't a baker.
Buy It: Escali Primo Digital Scale; $25, amazon.com
Oven thermometer: Brownie bottoms burning before the interior’s cooked through? Scones slouching rather than standing straight? Sounds like you’ve put too much trust in that oven dial. Unless your superpower is to detect the difference between 325 and 375° by feel alone, a thermometer is the only way to know if your oven is actually at the right temperature, whether you’re baking biscuits or roasting chicken.
Buy It: Rubbermaid Instant Read Monitoring Thermometer; $7, amazon.com
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