If my Pinterest feed is any indication, everyone is in fall baking mode! I’m so ready to start baking again – I’ve tried to keep the oven off as much as possible this summer and have missed baking so much!
Before you preheat your oven to 350, take a few minutes to get organized! Here are two things that will make the baking process so much easier:
Corral all baking ingredients in a container.
I store flour and sugar in canisters, but everything else lives in this wire basket. When I get ready to bake, I set the basket on the counter near where I’m working. It saves me a lot of trips back and forth across the kitchen. If you have a large kitchen, this will be a huge time saver! It also keeps the counter from getting cluttered with all those things while you’re baking. Here’s what I keep in my basket:
- Confectioner’s Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Chocolate Chips (I have to bury these in the basket so Paul doesn’t eat them!)
You’ll start seeing sales and coupons for things needed for baking very soon. From now through the Christmas season is the best time to stock up on these things! I also like to pick up baking staples at Aldi – they have the lowest everyday prices for all that stuff.
Re-stock and re-organize your spices.
It’s always a good idea to periodically take inventory of your spices, throw away the ones that have expired and re-stock what you need. I have a SpiceStack from Bed Bath & Beyond (wedding gift!) that fits perfectly in a narrow cabinet. It came with pre-printed labels, but they got dirty over the years and needed to be replaced. I wish I had some of those removable labels by Martha Stewart, but my Target dollar spot labels worked just fine for this project! I will add more labels when I fill the empty sections with other spices. My mom keeps her spices on a lazy susan inside her pantry, and that’s a great way to quickly find what you need as well.
I also buy most of my spices at Aldi – they are $1! You can also find them at Dollar General or Big Lots (look there for harder to find spices) at a great price.
Are you ready for baking season?