How to Properly Store Your Baking Ingredients

How to Properly Store Your Baking Ingredients

Benefits of Storing Your Baking Ingredients Properly

Food Safety

This is the most important thing for any baker. It ensures that you are using the healthiest ingredients so you can prevent any health problems. Organization can help you avoid this by helping you easily keep track of the ingredients you have.

Extend The Shelf Life of Ingredients

Once you know how to store each baking ingredient the right way, the ingredients will stay fresh longer and won't spoil earlier than usual.

Obtain The Best Baking Result

As a novice baker, you want to create the best desserts ever that look good and taste delicious. However, if you don't pay attention to your ingredients, no matter what you do, the food you bake will likely lack flavor or taste bad. So there is a way to avoid this entirely, and you know how - by storing your ingredients the right way.

Clean and Neat Baking Storage

Who doesn't want a nice and clean storage area that makes baking more enthusiastic and enjoyable when you get into it? The methods we will discuss in this blog could give you the bakery storage of your dreams.

How to Store Your Baking Ingredients Properly

Use Airtight Containers

Baking ingredients such as flour, eggs, sugar, and especially butter can easily absorb flavors they come in contact with. Therefore, they must always be stored in an airtight container to keep those unwanted flavors from entering. It is even more important to store the butter correctly, as it absorbs flavors much faster than other ingredients.

Glass is Better than Plastic

Plastic tends to retain the flavor and aroma of food, especially if you've been using it for a long time. Even after a thorough wash, the smell doesn't go away completely and even lingers over time. So remember to use glass airtight containers instead of plastic ones. However, sometimes this is not possible. At times like these, purchase a new set of plastic containers and assign each to a specific ingredient. Avoid using them for all kinds of ingredients. Label each container with the name of the ingredient to avoid confusion.

Take Temperature into Consideration

Baking ingredients stay fresh when stored at the proper temperature. But the temperature varies from place to place. Therefore, it is crucial to tailor your storage space according to your ambient temperature, as follows:

  • Cold and Dry Environment

You have the flexibility to store most of your ingredients in a pantry with an ideal temperature of 18-21°C. However, to maintain this temperature, you will probably need an air conditioner. 

  • Warm and Humid Environment

If you live in a very hot and humid place, you'll have to store most of your ingredients in the fridge, but make sure to always keep the container airtight and away from salty ingredients to avoid any contamination.

Cool, Dry and Away from Sunlight

This is for those ingredients that can be stored at room temperature, aka in the pantry. Why? Heat increases moisture content, which is one of the key reasons for bacterial growth. So make sure there is no direct sunlight hitting your storage room. No matter what the season, the pantry should always be kept cool and dry.

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