Baking is not as accessible to everyone as mere cooking is. Specific tools, equipment, ingredients and skills are required to be able to bake. What’s more, in many instances, you need to have money to spend in acquiring them, both the apparatuses and the learning.
Know that although baking is famous among businesses and individuals with money to consider baking as their hobby, you can definitely bake without punching a hole in your pockets! You can have just little and still be able to produce a big number of tasty chucks.
Do you want to know how? Check out these 7 baking tips for you to spend less money while baking more yummy goodies! Read on.
1 – LOOK BEYOND POPULAR BAKING INGREDIENT BRANDS.
Oftentimes, your eyes are just on the popular brands of baking ingredients. Well, no one can blame you since it is recommended that you choose them to be sure of great quality and safety. Their big, admired reputation proves that.
Nonetheless, you also know that most of these well-known brands are priced dearly. Just the price of two boxes of cake flour can make you think twice about baking cake. Famous brands can be like that, and it is not surprising anymore.
That’s why you should also look around and look beyond these baking ingredient brands that everyone, baker or not, knows! You will absolutely see more affordable options, which also have good quality.
2 – MEASURE PROPERLY TO AVOID WASTES.
Every portion you involuntarily waste is wasting money too. When you put in too much flour or water, the current outcome of what you’re making will not be satisfying, so you keep on repeating or adding what’s lacking.
Measure properly to avoid wastes of dough, bread flour, cake flour, food coloring, food decor and more. It is important to use measuring spoons, cups and bowls if ever you are not used to going with your ‘baker feeling’ just yet.
In that way, you will not need to buy them over and over again. You will not spend a lot of money on what you can actually avoid wasting!
3 – FIND BAKING TOOL ALTERNATIVES.
There are precise baking tools created for particular baking methods. Using them helps bakers smoothen and simplify the baking processes. Time and energy are saved and maximized by instruments intended exactly for the purpose of baking.
However, it’s not all the time that you can find or acquire them, especially if you’re on a tight budget to buy them. Additionally, many of them are costly too. But great thing, you can find alternatives for them.
Instead of an actual flour sifter, you can use your strainer. A wine bottle or a soda can may be used as a rolling pin. Check what you have in your kitchen cabinets; you might be able to discover a non baking tool that can serve a baking function!
4 – GO FOR DIY BAKING APPARATUS SUBSTITUTES.
Related to the previous number, if you do not have a lot of legit baking apparatuses, you can go for DIY options as substitutes. This will require more effort since you have to gather some useful materials you already have before devising your own baking tool, but certainly, it will help you spend less bucks!
For example, you do not need to have an actual icing pipe. Be resourceful. Take a quality plastic pouch. Put the icing mixture in it. Secure the open end, and make a hole at the closed, pointy end. And tadah! You have a makeshift icing pipe.
There’s so much baking items you can DIY! Search online, and you’ll see countless tutorial guides. Take advantage of them!
5 – BAKE LEFTOVERS FOR OTHER GOODIES.
Some people think that a cup of remaining cake flour is fine to throw away already since the baking day is finished. But do not dispose of yours because you can still use it!
Spend less on your next baking day by using leftover ingredients for other goodies. Especially if they are multipurpose, if they do not easily spoil and if you are planning to bake again soon, reseal or transfer them to another container. Store them properly, so they can be used next time. Every leftover counts as valuable in baking.
6 – WATCH OVER THE OVEN TO PREVENT BURNT BAKED TREATS.
Bakers find it annoying whenever they forget to bring out the goodies from the oven at the exact time they need to. Maybe they didn’t hear the baking alarm, they got distracted, or they actually forgot that they were baking. Well, sometimes, your memory and attention fail you so bad.
To avoid spending more from baking again the ‘defective’ burnt treats, make sure you keenly and mindfully watch over the oven. You do not have to be there all the time while the oven is doing its thing. Just be sure to be attentive to it and to put a family member in charge to supervise it along with you.
7 – MANUALLY WORK IF YOU DON’T HAVE AUTOMATIC BAKING INSTRUMENTS.
Automatic baking instruments get the job done swiftly, however, it can be denied that they are high-cost most of the time.
To spend less, you can just manually do the baking work. There’s not much difference aside from it the fact that it consumes more time and energy. Nonetheless, you will still obtain outstanding results, if you bake properly and skilfully!
SPEND LESS. BAKE MORE.
When you want to enjoy delicious baked noshes from your own oven, you do not always have to worry about the expensive dilemmas. You can spend less and bake more with these tips tailor-made to help you!
Keep these in mind, so you save money as you fill up your tummy with baked goodies that are terrifically yummy.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.