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7 Sweet Baking Tools from the ¥100 Shop

| Sweets , ¥100

For those who want to learn how to bake on their own without investing in expensive equipment, we recommend these seven convenient purchases, all of which can be found at a ¥100 shop!

1. Kitchen Scale

True bakers know that baking is an exact science. Using a cup for baking is generally frowned upon by professionals because cup sizes can vary. However, using a scale will enable you to measure properly, making your desserts perfect each time. The majority of ¥100 scales go up to 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs), which should be fine for casual culinarians.

2. Angled Measuring Cup

For liquids, you can use a common measuring cup. But isn't it better when you can see the amount in the cup from above without having to constantly check from the side? It's a simple change that will surely save you time and effort in the kitchen. Once you try it, you won't want to go back to an ordinary measuring cup.

3. Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoons are absolutely necessary in the kitchen, but can be easy to lose—especially the smaller ones. This product not only has a variety of sizes, from teaspoon to tablespoon, but the spoons come together on a ring. Even better, when it's time to store them away, they stack neatly together, saving you precious drawer space.

4. Flour Sifters

Beginning bakers may not realize just how important sifters are, but to get your desserts light and fluffy, you absolutely must use a sifter. Sifters break up the clumps that naturally form in flour, making it fine and powdery. And for only ¥100, there's no reason why you should skip this important step!

5. Whisk

These whisks have smooth handles that can fit any hand and are made from stainless steel, which means they're durable. With just the power of your arms, you can quickly beat egg whites into a nice frothy meringue or have whipped cream in no time.

6. Mixing Bowls

These stainless steel bowls are excellent for budding bakers, especially for mixing things that need to be slightly chilled or warmed while stirring. There are usually several sizes, but we recommend 24-centimeter (10.6 in) bowls because they're useful in pretty much every possible situation.

7. Cake Pans

You can't make a cake without a pan, and your local ¥100 shop once again has got you covered. What's great about many of the ¥100 pans is that when your cake is done, the bottom of the pan can separate from the rest of the unit, giving you a plate to cut and decorate your cake on once it's cool. If you're lucky, the same ¥100 shop will have wax paper, ensuring smoother removal of your cake and making cleanup a breeze.