All the tools you need to bake sourdough, brew kombucha and more!

Stephanie Zheng
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·5-min read

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If social media trends are anything to go by, most of us would probably have tried at least one of the following: churning Dalgona coffee; baking bread or pastries; adopted a few plants; started knitting or knotting; learnt how to brew your own pour over or french pressed coffee; posted photos of your Masterchef creations at home; started your own home-based business; and now, brewing homemade kombucha.

Trends aside, learning how to make something with our own hands is often an exciting endeavour. At the risk of sounding like a New Age Hipster, whether you fail or become good enough to monetise a hobby, the process is what matters, and it should leave you feeling energised and proud of yourself.

What have you been doing in lieu of social activities? If you’re jumping on the bandwagon late, but would still like to learn new things, here are some stuff you might need to kickstart the process. Plus, the 9.9 sale is around the corner on many websites, so remember to keep a lookout for even better deals!

Bake up a storm in the kitchen

Baking at home
Baking at home.

Bread is probably one of the oldest food around, with its origin dating back more than 22,000 years. And the fact that bread flour disappeared off shelves during this whole period probably means that many of us are engaging in this age-old activity. Now that bread flour stocks have kind of stabilised, perhaps it’s time for those of us who want to make our own sourdough (or pastry really, we’re not fussed) to finally get our turn.

If you’re brand new to this endeavour, the four items below are pretty much all the tools you need, from mixing bowls to a chopping board that doubles up as a great dough kneading surface!

Pyrex Prepware 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Clear

NRPFELL Bread Making Set (includes banneton, slicing tool, scraper, proofing cloth)

Mayer 5.5L Stand Mixer

LÄMPLIG Bamboo Chopping Board, 46x53cm

Name your SCOBY and ferment your own kombucha

Ferment your own kombucha!
Ferment your own kombucha!

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has supposed wonderful health benefits. Whether it’s all hipster mojo or something more rooted in science, there’s something about waiting for your food/drinks to be ready (read: patience) that cultivates the mind.

To ferment kombucha, you just need three things. Scoby, tea, a container that allows for slow release of gas, and lots of patience. Check out this video to start your own kombucha, and the links below will lead you to what you can buy online to help you brew your first batch of healthy tea!

Jun Scoby with 400ml Starter Tea

1 litre Mason Jars

5 Pcs Silicone Waterless Fermenting Airlock Lids for Wide Mouth Mason Jar

One-upping Starbucks by becoming your own barista

Brewing coffee with pour-over method
Making coffee with pour-over method

Coffee snobs are finally getting the spotlight. While most of us are stuck at home making bad instant coffee, the ones who know the ins and outs of pour-over coffee, french-pressed coffee, Nespresso machines and more, are luxuriating in their coffee-scented home and great cuppa. With the 9.9 sale just around the corner, here are some coffee machines and tools we’re eyeing!

Hario V60 Craft Coffee Maker Set

Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker

Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine, Pure White & Aeroccino Milk Frother Bundle

De'longhi Dedica Style Pump Coffee Machine

Get knotty with ropes

Making your own macrame bag
Making your own macrame bag

Want to make your own grocery bags, wall hangings, hanging planters and more? Kill 2 birds with 1 stone—burn time doing therapeutic activity AND end up with intricate products to improve your home, without burning a hole in the wallet! There are plenty of tutorial videos online to learn how to knot macrame, but check out this particular one first to get the basics pat down.

Macrame Cord Rope with Beans, Rings and Sticks for Planters

3mm 100m Twisted Natural Cotton Cord

Get your hands dirty with pottery

Learn how to shape clay in a pottery class
Learn how to shape clay in a pottery class

Take home improvements to another level with your own handmade pottery. Whether you want to make a full size utensil or mini decorative items, these local activities will allow a pottery beginner to experience a new hobby under the watchful guidance of local experts.

Dragon Kiln Pottery Workshop

Mini Pottery Workshop Experience

Start your own herb garden

You really do just need a small space to plant herbs
You really do just need small space to plant herbs

Make farm to table happen, even if you don’t have green fingers. Herbs are generally easier to grow, and a little of the harvest usually goes a long way. With the tools below, you truly only need a small space...to plant herbs.

Smart Garden Indoor Hydroponic Mini Herbs Garden Kit

Horti Herb Seeds (Bundle of 3)

Solar Powered Self Watering System

Streamline your cooking process

Cooking at home
Cooking at home

For those who are living their Masterchef dreams at home, you know as well as I do that whatever that have been listed below are some of the dream products of modern homecooks and foodies. Even if you’re just starting out, these machines are made to streamline the kitchen process, so that more time can be spent eating with your family.

I’m keeping these in my cart, so as to take advantage of the oncoming 9.9 sale or potential discounts.

Midea 5L Electric High Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Duo Classic 60 7-IN-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Cornell 2-in-1 Steamboat BBQ Pan

Thermomix

Happy shopping, and have fun with your new hobby!