If you've never baked before and you're trying to simplify your eating habits, then making your own treats is a great place to save money as well as the carbon emissions involved in packaging and over-processing.

If you've been buying packaged cake$ and cookie$, you'll pay for the equipment you need quickly. You don't need non-stick pans. Get some SOS pads. 
  • Electric mixer (Just a cheap one, you need this)
  • Mixing bowls, large and small (They come in a set) Heavy ones are steadier than light plastic bowls.
  • Rubber spatula, for scraping the bowl (Dollar store)
  • Wooden or plastic mixing spoon, not too big.
  • Measuring spoons (Dollar store)
  • Wooden rolling pin (for pie) A wine bottle will do.
  • Metal strainer (for sifting flour, not essential, but better)
  • Set of measuring cups (Dollar store – four nesting cups)
  • 2 loaf pans
  • Waxed paper (to line the loaf pans and for making pastry for pie)
  • Cheese grater (for zucchini and carrot bread, Dollar store, with coarse and fine holes)
  • Muffin pan (makes 12 medium size muffins)
  • Paper muffin cups ('large' size)
  • Baking sheet (large shallow pan for biscuits)
  • Baking Powder (cheap at the bulk store)
  • Baking Soda (cheap at the bulk store)
  • Cinnamon (VERY cheap at the bulk store, very expensive in a little bottle)
  • Nutmeg (see cinnamon)
  • Vanilla extract (Get the fake stuff if it's too expensive for you.I can get it bulk at the health food store, cheap - in a baggie!)
  • All-purpose (unbleached is healthier than white) flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Honey (much healthier than sugar, but white sugar is OK in the small quantities my recipes call for) Try to buy local.
  • Skim milk powder (convenient at the bulk store, cheaper in a $20 no name bag, especially if you make yogurt with it.)
  • Vegetable shortening (for pie crust) Keep it in the fridge so you don't have to make a trip to the store when you 'need' a pie

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