Stocking a Baking Closet

I remember coming home from school and mom would be baking homemade cookies.  We woke up every morning to homemade pancakes, eggs or waffles.  Sometimes I would come home and mom would be cutting her dough for homemade noodles.

I took for granted the cooking that my mom did for our family.  I presumed that every mom cooked like my mom did.  It wasn’t until I had children, that I realized all the hard work and dedication, she put into giving our family a nice home and good food.

As often happens in life, we pick up the traits of our mother.  I remember when I was first married and having children and being asked to bring a baked good to an event or school party. I was immediately overwhelmed.  What would I bring?  Do I even know how to bake?  How am I going to bake when I am trying to take care of our little girl?

Well I got through those first years and learned that to be ready to bake for an event or at home I needed to have my very own baking closet, just like mom.  So I set aside a space in my kitchen to begin to collect the basic items I would need to bake any time.

There is no need to go out and buy everything all at once.  Just buy one or two things at a time and before you know it you will have everything you need to bake cookies or bars.  Once you start experimenting with recipes you can add on ingredients for those, but you will have the basics already at home.  This will save time and money.

Some items I keep in stock and suggest you start with:

  • baking soda
  • sugar
  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • powder sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • baking powder
  • vanilla
  • vinegar
  • cocoa
  • shortening
  • no-stick spray
  • cornstarch
  • vegetable shortening

There are many more things you can add to that list, but this will get you started.  As you gather items you can, Martha Stewart them, by storing ingredients in cute and creative ways, but don’t let that keep you from getting started.  Mine are just in my cabinet.

Today I bake for my family in the way that fits our style, tastes and schedule.  We have Saturday brunches, baked goods during the week and on special occasions and I enjoy baking for events.  I took what mom taught me and made it work for me.  I hope you will do the same.  It’s not about doing what other people do, it’s about creating a loving environment in your home.  One great way to do that is by baking good things for those we love.  Wishing you good baking, full tummies, and creative lives.

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