Running a Tight but Sweet Kitchen: Baking on a Budget

Baking on a Budget

The sweet tooth in every family member will know you did it all from scratch. Some of the best baking items that you can make should come from fresh fruit. In fact, one of the best places to shop for fresh fruit for your baked goods is at your local Farmer’s Market.  You’ll be supporting your local farmers and you’ll save on your fruit and necessities for baking. If you’re pinching pennies, it doesn’t have to show in your baked goods.  If you are trying to save, save on buying your fruit during season such as apples during the winter and peaches in spring and freezing if needed will help you save in your apple pies and peach cobblers.

 

Buying Bulk Items to Bake

Baked goods begin by the baker buying in bulk.  Some of these bulk items are your cocoa powder, flour, sugar and baking powder. These will come out a lot cheaper by the pound.  Other ingredients depending on your grocery store may have bulk items but the main essentials such mentioned above will be sufficient.

Butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, extracts, salt, flour, baking powder are the main ingredients bakers should have in their pantry at all times. These are the basics for any baking junkie in order to make sweet baked goods.

 

Budget Baker’s Tools to the Trade

The budget baker’s tools besides hands alone need the basic essentials.  When it comes to utensils and cookware, the necessities such as pans, whisks, rolling pin, cookie cutters, measuring spoons and cups are all needed. In addition,  cooking sheets (pie, cakes, loaf styles), 2 bowls to mix, cooling racks, rubber spatulas, and oven mitts are other utensils that a baker needs in the kitchen at all times. Using your toaster also is more efficient than the oven so whenever possible if you can, cookies thinly sliced work well in toaster ovens.  Also, washing your utensils immediately after use and baking is a good habit to keep so as to prevent from buying or replacing them every so often.  A budget baker’s buying habits doesn’t always have to come premade.  Instead of breads/rolls and pie crusts premade, make it from scratch;  it is quite cheaper this way.

 

Nothing will go to Waste!

Another tip is baking by the batch comes out to be cheaper than baking a little here, a little there, and doing it all at once, then,  freeze the rest, is okay.  Cookies are great for freezing and you’ll save on time and energy.

Also, bananas, peaches, oranges, …etc. that are too ripe for use in your baking recipes before they get “squishy” bad can be frozen or used in other ways.  Check out these essential ways to use over-riped fruit so they won’t go to waste. Also, if you made too much white rice for dinner, save the leftovers and use it for sweet rice pudding.

Finally, a nice baking mix that can be stored for up to 6 months will most definitely save you time and money:

9 cups all-purpose flour*

1/3 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups shortening

*(substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour or pastry flour, or use your choice of bleached or unbleached flour)
To make: combine baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, sugar, and flour and stir until combined thoroughly.  Shortening cut into mixture with a pastry blender until it becomes coarse crumbs.  Place mix in a sealed container in a dry place and store. (Clabbergirl.com/2014)

These are all tips and tools of the baker’s trade that will help you and your family stretch a dollar or two when it comes to baking on a budget.

 

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