Up Your Baking Game with a Baker’s Kitchen
If you’re someone who loves to bake, then it only makes sense that your kitchen should be set up for baking success. Try our tips to set up a baker’s kitchen that will help you whip up delicious treats with ease:
Install open shelves.
Open shelving between cabinets is perfect for storing dry ingredients that bakers need to be able to access easily, such as flour, sugar, and baking soda.
Add upright tray storage.
Install cabinets that are narrow and tall so baking trays and pans can be stored upright. You’ll be able to see the trays more clearly than if they were stacked and the narrow cabinet design saves space.
Consider custom countertop heights.
Depending on the type of baking you prefer, you may be kneading balls of dough, icing dozens of delicate cookies, or mixing up a batch of muffins. Install countertops at heights that are most comfortable for you. Do you prefer sitting for some tasks and standing for others? Make sure you account for this in your baker’s kitchen.
Look for the right countertop material.
Speaking of countertops, granite and marble countertops have long been considered to be baker’s kitchen must-haves, but there are other materials to consider. Quartz is a baker–riendly material that can stand up to rolling, cutting, and direct heat without a problem. As a bonus, this non-porous option resists the growth of bacteria and mold, and there’s no need to seal.
Invest in a good sink.
Every home bakery kitchen needs a phenomenal sink. Why, you ask? Baking is a messy business and you’ll want a sink that can handle the aftermath of your tempting treats. We recommend installing an undermount sink so spills can be wiped directly into the sink. And make sure that it’s large enough to hold bowls, utensils, measuring cups, etc. until you’re ready to wash.
Plan for a pastry table.
Old-fashioned pastry tables are making a comeback. Typically lower than standard countertops, a pastry table with a marble or quartz top is the ideal space for kneading and rolling out dough. Place your pastry table within your kitchen’s main work triangle to enable an easy flow of kitchen traffic while you bake.
Keep spices on hand.
Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger should be easy to reach in a baker’s kitchen. Instead of a shelf, try placing them in an accessible drawer. There are a variety of inexpensive drawer inserts made specifically for spice organization. Pick one that works for you and never waste time searching for spices again.
Let light in.
When designing your home bakery kitchen, make sure there’s lots of soft bright light. After all, it’s important to see what you are doing. Install sufficient overhead lighting, undercabinet lighting, and determine ways to maximize any natural light that comes into your kitchen.
Do get double ovens.
If you have the budget, install wall-mounted double ovens in your baker’s kitchen. They help decrease your baking time considerably and prevent you from having to continuously bend down like you would with a freestanding range.
Make a space for tech.
These days, baking is more high-tech. You may prefer watching online videos or searching for recipes online rather than leafing through a recipe book. Make your online recipe hunting as easy as possible by setting up a dedicated space for a WiFi-enabled tablet or laptop that you can view from anywhere in the kitchen. While you’re at it, install a TV or smart speaker so even if you know your favorite recipes by heart, you can listen to music, podcasts, or catch up on the news.