5 Baking Tips You Need Before The Holidays
It's holiday baking time! There's nothing quite like the smell of gingerbread cookies or a freshly baked pumpkin pie to bring back memories of holidays past. But before you bust out your mixing bowls, whisks and baking pans, check out these helpful tips that will make your holiday baking experience even better and turn you into this season's most requested baker.
Our lives around the holidays are busy enough even without adding seasonal baking to the mix, so save your sanity and start by making a list of goodies you want to bake and the ingredients you'll need. Always start organizing several days prior to the actual day you plan on baking so you have a clear idea how your baking day (or weekend bake-o-rama) will progress.
Clean Up And Clear Out
Give your pantry, fridge and freezer a good once-over and make room for all of your finished products. You'll need space to store all those baked goodies before holiday events, cookie exchanges and wrapping up homemade gifts. Need some storage ideas? Take a look at these kitchen and dining organization tips.
Do A Pantry Check
Once you've cleaned up and organized, take note of the ingredients you do have on hand. You don't want to buy an extra bag of brown sugar or jar of cinnamon when you've already got them buried under random home decor you've got stashed in the pantry. Essential ingredients include butter, eggs, a variety of sugars, flour, baking soda, baking powder, chocolate, nuts and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.
Hit The Store
Keep an eye out for sales and be sure to take along the list of ingredients you need. As a guideline, and unless the recipe says otherwise, always use:
- Grade A large eggs
- Whole milk
- Unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Pure vanilla extract
Remember, baking IS an exact science. Measure your ingredients carefully, using a glass measuring cup for we ingredients and regular cups and teaspoons for dry ingredients. Want some more baking techniques? Here's a great list of pro techniques every home chef should learn.
A gift of homemade baked goodies has to be one of the most appreciated gifts during the holidays. If you're looking for festive gift bags and goodie containers, be sure to shop our website for plenty of choices. We also offer a variety of bakeware, utensils, mixing bowls and other essentials you need for successful holiday baking. And while you're there, you can get started on your holiday shopping, too!