Kitchen Tools and Gadgets for Cooks or Bakers

While looking at top quality, affordable kitchen gadgets, it occurred to me that some are intended strictly for cooks, and some are intended strictly for bakers. While some cooks may use the odd baker’s gadget and vice versa, generally they have very clear intended purposes. Its true that some of us prefer to cook, and some of us prefer to bake. I definitely lean more toward being a cook, although I like baking once in a while, but when I started thinking of the traits of most cooks and bakers I realized I lean strongly toward the first category. I feel cooks are more creative right brain thinkers, and bakers pull more from the left side of their brain – after all, baking is much more of a science thank cooking. However, bakers can definitely display some ingenuity when it comes to decorating. Sometimes I think it boils down to individual taste preferences, savory or sweet. Whatever it is, it is rare that you will find a person who is a great cook AND a great baker.


  • right brain thinkers, creative and experimental, seeing some ingredients and thinking about what they could create with them
  • flexible, willing and eager to substitute ingredients
  • often high energy and more aggressive in the kitchen than cooks
  • not concerned about making a mess in the kitchen
  • more likely to work well as a team, with other cooks helping them in the kitchen
  • when reading recipe books, cooks tend to enjoy the stories behind the recipes, and take creative inspiration from the recipes rather than using them as a strict guideline

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Bayou Classic 5011 2-Ounce Stainless-Steel Seasoning Injector with Marinade Needles

Meat seasoning/marinade injector

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Food slicer

Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer

Meat thermometer

Four Piece NEW STYLE 2 1-4 inch Herb, Spice or Tobacco Pollen Grinder

Herb and Spice Grinder

Precision Kitchenware - Ultra Sharp Dual Julienne Peeler Vegetable Peeler - Lifetime Guarantee

Vegetable peeler

Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks

Meat forks

Cuisinart CTG-00-3MS Mesh Strainers, Set of 3

Mesh strainers

Joseph Joseph Elevate 6-Piece Heat-Resistant Utensil Set and Joseph Joseph Elevate Tongs

Utensil set

Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3

Flexible color coded cutting boards

Starfrit 093290 Silicone and Stainless Steel Tongs, 9-Inch, Red



  • left brain thinkers, like chemists armed with charts, diagrams and formulas to produce an accurate result
  • more patient and calmer than cooks
  • precise about following recipes exactly
  • will spend more time learning the underlying principles, knowing that cold butter makes a pastry flaky while warm butter makes it smooth, or what makes bread too light or too heavy
  • neat and organized in the kitchen
  • more inventive, able to create within the strict confines of the chemistry of baking

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Wilton 2105-459 Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack

Baking rack

American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

Weight scale

Ateco 20-Inch Length Maple French Rolling Pin

French rolling pin

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush

Pastry brush

OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Pastry Scraper Chopper

Pastry scraper

Artisan (2 pk.) Non-Stick Silicon Baking Mat Set. 16 5-8 inches x 11 inches

Baking sheet

Polder THM-515 Candy Jelly Deep Fry Thermometer, Stainless Steel

Candy thermometer

All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer

Pineapple slicer and de-corer

Proctor Silex 62509R 5-Speed Hand Mixer, White

Hand mixer

Onesource 8-Piece Deluxe Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Set

Dry ingredient measuring cups/spoons

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