How To Set Up A Baker’s Pantry.
Okay so the holidays are almost here, you have been seeing all these drool worthy recipes on social media – like facebook, pinterest, twitter, instagram and YOU ARE READY!
There is that family dinner your significant other wants you to go to and the ask is to take dessert. So what’s wrong with going to the favorite bakery and ordering up their specialty, super d’ duper pumpkin pie? Nothing at all of course, but maybe, just maybe, you could really bake a homemade pie just like this luscious lemon meringue? You can! And I’m going to help you.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to many would be bakers is the baking ingredients and equipment needed, or in most cases, the lack of it. Not many kitchens these days have the requisite pastry mats, rolling pins, baking pans, pastry cutters,…..well you get where I’m going. And ingredients like all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and certain spices. All of this is usually acquired over time. If you went to purchase it all at once, WHOA, that would really add up!
Did you know that baking soda is used in many baking recipes? Here is a cool article that shares just how many different uses baking soda has.
So I thought about what basic baking ingredients and equipment would be needed to help you get organized for Holiday Baking and to set up your Baker’s Pantry. And most importantly, how we could keep the cost to a minimum.
No matter what your circumstances are, what size of kitchen, if you live in a large home or a tiny apartment like I do (and an RV on the weekends!) being organized can turn any baking activity into an absolute delight!
It has taken me many years to learn this, but a few years ago I started to keep all of my baking supplies separate from my regular pantry and grocery items.
I have a very small jam cupboard that holds all of my spices, flavorings, sugars, flours, anything I use for baking. That means you only have one place to look to see what item is running low, and more importantly when you have your recipe out and you start to gather ingredients, everything is in its place. Cool huh? You don’t even need a jam cupboard or separate pantry, a shelf in your cupboard will do just fine, or a corner of your kitchen counter. Just so long as you keep your baker’s pantry items separate and easy to get too.
One of the best places I know of to get good quality and inexpensive pie baking equipment are the dollar stores, or big box stores. I like the dollar stores like Dollar Tree or in Canada we have Dollarama. They have a huge line of Betty Crocker Baking Equipment that is not only well made, but it looks good too!
Here is the list you really need! The Baking Essentials to help you get organized, set up your Baker’s Pantry and bake some drool worthy recipes! It includes what I feel are the basics, and also a list of ‘nice to have’ items. Ideas for your next birthday, perhaps?
Even experienced bakers will benefit from this list, perhaps as a reminder of something they have wanted to add, or something that needs replacing. I’m always on the lookout for mixing bowls and spoons. And pie servers. I never seem to have enough pie servers.
I hope this helps to get your Baking Pantry set up and that being organized will make your next baking experience that much more enjoyable. Please drop me a line in the comments below and share your experiences!