Save Money and Time Baking For The Home
Here’s how you can get more baking done in no time at all.
You can set aside a day for batch baking such as a Saturday. Plan for all day baking, which usually entails 6-8 hours of work.
Ensure that any other chores are done, including the shopping, and the kitchen is clean and ready for baking day.
Organize your recipes with some logic behind them. For example, if you need dough to rise, start that first so that it can be rising as you are preparing other things such as cookie dough or pie crusts. Both can be put in the refrigerator or freezer after preparation while you bake the bread, then baked after you bake the bread while the oven is still hot and ready.
Time and Budget Baking Saving Tips – Batch Baking
1. Don’t Guess Your Recipe
Know what you plan to use and pay close attention to certain clues. For example, if an ingredient requires a cold kitchen, you’ll want to start that first.
If something takes an hour to bake like banana bread, you can use that hour to mix another batter, dough, crust, filling and so forth that you can store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them.
2. Organize the kitchen
You will want a station for each type of baked good that you want to create. It’s a lot easier to lay out four pie crusts in pie tins, ready for fillings, than to do one at a time. As much as you can do for one type of thing in one run, do so. A bread making station is also essential. It needs to be a place you can freely flour the counter space, and easily clean up.
Be careful about combining batches in one recipe. If you have a cookie recipe that uses measures instead of weights, it’s better not to do them in more than one batch at a time, but you don’t need to clean the bowl between each batch that you make.
Make the lightest type of batch first; for example, make sugar cookie dough before you make chocolate chip cookies before you make peanut butter cookies. Consider the flavor, the ingredients, and everything before making the batches so that you can wash as little as possible.
The important thing about all day batch cooking is that you can choose to make only one type of baked good or you can make some different baked goods depending on how many people you need to feed.
3. Don’t Stuff your Oven
At most, you’ll want to cook two pies, four loaves of bread, and one large sheet of cookies at a time in one oven. Putting too many things in one oven can drastically change the temperature settings. Also, putting a dry item with a moist item in the oven at the same time can change the temperature needs. Read directions, plan, and you’ll be fine.
4. After Dinner Small Batch Cooking
Another great way to do batch cooking is each evening after dinner or even while you are preparing dinner. Anytime you make something in your oven is a good time to throw in a few loaves of bread. For example, if you wanted to make one loaf of bread for dinner tonight, why not make four and save three.
5. Feed the freezer
In some circles, this type of baking is called feeding the freezer. It can be done with any baking, not just desserts and bread. If you’re having lasagna tonight, why not prepare two pans of lasagna and freeze the second. You can do this with many things. You can also take one night to prepare a lot of cookie dough, bread dough, and pie crusts for freezing, then the next night bake all the cookies, freeze, and the following night bake the bread and freeze and so forth until you are done.
What’s important is that you use the time you have available the best that you can. It’s important, to be honest with yourself about the time you have to get things done. If you only have evenings after work and don’t get a lot of time off, then you’re going to need to bake a little each evening for a couple of weeks to be ready for the holidays. Thankfully nothing smells better or more relaxing than freshly baked bread, cookies and pies.
Small batch baking isn’t about trying to do a marathon on a night you have to work; instead, it’s about just adding in a batch of cookie making, dough making, or something that takes an hour or two at the most after dinner or in conjunction with cooking dinner. Remember that you’ll be adding to these items later, so even if it seems like a small amount over the course of time, it will be plenty.
Baking in batches is a great way to bake more to save you precious time.
You could have a cookie party where you don’t eat the cookies, but instead you meet together and each of you then trade a few dozen of a different type of cookies. So one family would make sugar cookies, another chocolate chip, and another peanut butter and so forth. Trade, and then you each have some of all of them.
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