Are you an avid home baker? Love whipping up the most delicious of pies, cakes, tarts and desserts? If so, this is the article for you. One of the most important things when it comes to baking is having the correct environment and tools to create stunning sweet treats. In today’s article, we have a look at how you can make some changes to your current kitchen layout in order to set it up as a baker’s paradise. Ready to transform your kitchen into one that bakers all over the world envy? Well, read on to find out more!
Gather Your Arsenal
One of the most important things when setting up the ideal kitchen for baking is to ensure that you have all the appliances and tools that you need. A great quality oven, hand mixer, rolling pin, marble surface and a variety of pots and pans are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re really serious about your baking game, you may even look to invest into items such as bread proofing baskets, turntables for icing cakes, silicone baking mats, a variety of piping tips and so much more.
Plan For Prep Stations
Anyone who loves baking knows how important preparation is. Without adequate preparation, your recipe is almost always doomed to failure. This is why it is important that avid bakers plan for prep stations when redesigning their kitchens. This could include installing marble countertops that remain cool at all times, making it the perfect prep surface for delicate pastries, bread doughs and chocolate. Some other options include adding pull out shelves that can double up as counter space and prep areas if you’re planning on baking a huge batch of muffins for a party or bake sale. Planning for prep is key, so keep it mind when redesigning your kitchen.
Pay Attention To Ambient Temperature
Baking is a fine science that relies heavily on precise measurement of ingredients and factors such as overall humidity and temperature in the kitchen. If you really want to go all out, we highly recommend installing an air conditioning unit in your kitchen. This will ensure that your kitchen is always kept at ideal temperature for preparing pastries and cakes even if it is sweltering outside. You could even install a dehumidifier in the kitchen which will ensure that your space is always the perfect humidity for finicky treats such as Macarons or Meringues. This may sound a little crazy, but there is a reason why all professional pastry kitchens are so darn cold!
Storage Drawers and Bins
Enter any professional bakery and you’ll find massive storage drawers and bins that are used to hold high turnover ingredients such as flour, sugar and salt. Whilst you won’t need 5 tonne storage bins at home, it is always recommended that you get yourself some air tight storage containers that you can store in your drawers. This will make it easier than ever for you to scoop your flour, sugar and other ingredients that you need in a jiffy. Drawers are a great way to hide and organise these items too, keeping them out of sight but within reaching distance!
If you don’t want to break your back whilst rolling out pastry or whipping meringue, it is always recommended that you work low. This means that your designated work stations should be kept at a lower height than your regular counter top. The ideal measurements are at about 75 to 80 cm high, making it easier for you to lean over the top to engage in kneading and rolling.
Also ensure that your work top is kept clutter free and avoid overcrowding with too many items or ingredients in order to keep your space clean and easy to maneuver around.
Consider A Tech Corner
If you love sourcing your recipes from food blogs, online magazines or recipe websites, you should consider setting up a tech corner in your home baker’s paradise. Plan for a small space where you can place your phone, tablet or computer (ideally on some sort of stand), which will make it easy for you to follow online tutorials or simply read recipes from blogs and other online publications. No more fumbling about with your whole and accidentally covering it in layers of flour and butter!
Creating the ideal baking space in your home kitchen doesn’t have to be a costly or complicated affair. We hope that these 6 tips have given you some new ideas on how you can truly get your baking game on! All the best!