“If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.”
— Regina Brett, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Holidays, birthdays and special events usually warrant an equally special treat. And whether it’s cookies, cakes or a special meal, nothing beats homemade.
While baking can seem like an intimidating task to many, all it really takes are the right tools, great ingredients, a bit of practice and a dash of personality. Below, we share the six steps old and new bakers alike can use to organize kitchen supplies for success.
1. Select Essential Recipes
The first step is to identify what you want to make. Dependent on the occasion, this could be one simple recipe or a few that range in complexity.
Pour through your favorite recipe books, binders or notecards, and mark the ones you’re particularly excited to try, or that resonate as family favorites.
2. Make Lists of Required Items
With preferred recipes known, comb through them, and make a few lists. You’ll obviously need to list out the ingredients required, but also include required baking supplies. This may include:
- Baking sheets
- Glass baking dishes
- Hand or stand mixer
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
3. Take Stock of Current Inventory
Once you know what you need, take a few minutes to assess what you already have in your kitchen cabinets and counters. Highlight the items that will need to be purchased before you can begin.
4. Pick Up Additional Supplies
If gaps exist in your lists, make a special trip to acquire items or ingredients needed to make each recipe happen.
5. Invent Creative Space Options to Store More
If your recipes call for more ingredients and cooking essentials than your kitchen has room for, you may find yourself with a space dilemma.
But do not fear! This does not mean that you have to throw away the recipe. It simply means that you may have to get a little creative with space. Consider the back of doorways, the inside of pots and pans, and more as storage areas.
6. Store Excess Supplies
The more you bake, the more you may find yourself buried in baking essentials. It comes with the territory. As you upgrade and add kitchen appliances, you may find yourself with an overabundance of items with no place to go.
Consider self-storage for those items to create room for more essential supplies.
How do you plan and prep your kitchen for the next batch? Share in the comment section below.
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