From durable mixing bowls to a solid nonstick skillet, these are five must-have tools for making pancakes.
Even though pancakes don’t require much gear, it’s still nice to have exactly the right tools. Here are our must-haves for any pancake kit, perfect for yourself or as a gift for DIY brunchers.
1. Mixing Bowls
Though most mixing bowls work well for making pancake batter, you’ll never regret having a set of durable, pro-grade stainless steel bowls. $70 for a set of 4 bowls; food52.com
Rösle’s silicone-coated wire whisk is the ideal shape for blending batters, and is safe to use on nonstick surfaces, should you need to do so. $24; rosleusa.com
3. Nonstick Skillet
A high-quality nonstick skillet is a worthy investment: It will never serve you wrong when cooking everything from pancakes to eggs to fish. Scanpan skillets are a great choice because they’re made from recycled aluminum and are free of harmful PFOAs. From $100; surlatable.com
If you often make pancakes for a crowd, it’s worth having a cast-iron griddle on hand that’s large enough to straddle two burners. The Lodge version doubles as a grill pan. $75; lodgemfg.com
Oxo’s silicone-coated stainless steel spatula is safe for nonstick pans, and it’s easy to maneuver too. From $10; williams-sonoma.com
Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.