To have great-tasting cakes, pies, cookies, and other types of pastries for your business or personal consumption, you always need to use the right baking ingredients. You also have to ensure that all the ingredients you will use are fresh.
Keeping good quality ingredients for all your baked treats is achieved by storing and organizing them properly. Here are some tips for doing so:
Transfer ingredients into appropriate containers
The first step to storing and organizing all your baking supplies properly is to have the right containers.
Once opened, dry, powdered ingredients such as all-purpose flour, granulated, brown, and powdered sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa are best stored in airtight glass containers or canisters. They should then be placed in a cool, dry area in the pantry or in a cabinet.
Shortening, another commonly used baking product, should be transferred to a tightly closed container and stored in a dry dark place, too.
Baking chocolate should be wrapped tightly in wrapping paper or foil before storing in a plastic or glass container with a lid.
By placing these ingredients in airtight containers, you can prolong their freshness and prevent them from spoiling before their expiration date.
Know which items can be kept in their original box or package
Baking soda and baking powder can be left in their original packaging as long as the lids are tightly closed. However, do not store them in the fridge or freezer. Simply place them in the pantry or a dark and cool cupboard.
Liquid ingredients such as vanilla extract, honey, vinegar, olive, canola, vegetable, and coconut oil can be left in their original glass bottles as long as they have tight lids. However, if they come in plastic bottles, it is best to transfer them in tinted glass containers or bottles. Place these supplies in a cool, dark place as well.
You can leave yeast in its original packaging as long as you can close it properly, and store it in the refrigerator. You can also prevent it from spoiling faster by placing it in an airtight container and freezing it.
Place the same ingredients in one container
Check your inventory and find out which supplies you have two or more boxes or containers of. Combine these ingredients in just one container or bag to have a tidier, less crowded pantry or kitchen cabinet.
Label all containers
To prevent making simple (but devastating) mistakes such as adding two tablespoons of salt instead of white sugar, or using baking powder instead of all-purpose flour, label all glass or plastic containers or canisters correctly. By following this tip, you will avoid wasting ingredients, too.
Make sure you place them in the cabinet or pantry with the labels in front to lessen the time you use to look for the products you need. It is best to place ingredients still in their original packaging in one shelf so that your pantry or cabinet will look more organized and less cluttered.
Designate areas for different kinds of ingredients
Place all dry, powdered ingredients in one shelf. Do the same for liquid ingredients. However, be careful about placing certain products together or in close proximity since they can absorb each other’s odor which, in turn, can affect flavor and/or shelf life.
Arrange containers strategically
Keep the ingredients you use daily or weekly at the bottom or easy-to-reach shelves or near the front. Place the items you need occasionally or once a month on higher shelves or toward the back.
You can also store the containers or jars in tiers so that you will have an easier time finding and getting the ingredients you need. Have a piece of plywood installed at the back of the cabinet so that the items at the back can be displayed higher than the ones in the front for visibility.
Have a Lazy Susan installed in your cabinets
Lastly, a Lazy Susan with compartments for smaller items will make it easier for you to find and get the ingredients you need. With this feature, you won’t have to rummage around the cupboard to find what you’re looking for.
To avoid wasting money on spoiled ingredients and to continuously churn out only the best, delectable baked goods, follow these smart storing and organizing tips.
Jad Asaad is the Marketing Manager at Horeca Trade LLC with more than eight years of experience in digital, online and offline marketing. He started his career in Beirut working in a creative agency and then moved to Dubai to further expand his career. He created and implemented award-winning high-impact digital and offline marketing campaigns that consistently generated revenue streams and improved performance in targeted segments