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I am a firm believer that if life gives you lemons, you should bake lemon cupcakes. With this in mind, an efficient kitchen will make the baking process even more enjoyable. If there’s a baker in the home, your kitchen essentials will look a touch different than with your typical chef. It may require some creative cabinetry storage solutions and a well-designed layout.
Below are some kitchen design ideas that will certainly sweeten any baker’s day.
Incorporate Cookbooks & Tablets
As any baker knows, having a good recipe is crucial to baking successful lemon cookies. From old favorites to new releases, your beloved cookbooks should have a storage area devoted to them. Shelves on the end of an island offer storage and easy access without getting in the way; and look great.
For some high-tech bakers, your tablet might be your one and only cookbook in your kitchen. There are thousands of free recipes and how-to videos online. Include a tablet holder in your kitchen design and bake right alongside your favorite demonstration video or cooking show. Tucked up under the cabinet bottom, this tablet holder pulls down and keeps the tablet from harm’s way.
Organize Those Spices
Spices are vital to baking of all kinds. Whether you need cinnamon for snicker doodle cookies, cocoa powder for a chocolate cake or vanilla for crème brulee, a true Baker’s kitchen needs to have their spices well organized. Keep spices organized and within easy reach with an in-drawer spice rack. They are available as either built-in if you are replacing your cabinets or as an insert for existing cabinets. The rack positions the bottles so they're easy to read and access.
Don’t want to waste a whole drawer for spices? Consider a spice pullout instead! Typically available at 3”, 6”, 9” and 12” wide, these pullouts feature adjustable shelves with chrome rails. Because they are slim, it offers the perfect solution to spaces that might otherwise be wasted or inefficiently used.
Open Shelving Offers Quick Access
Even if you’re an occasional baker, you’re well aware that you always seem to need common ingredients such as flour, sugar and salt. Rather than hiding these everyday items inside a pantry or cabinet, consider installing open shelving right above your primary workstation. These shelves are also great spots for your go-to mixing bowls. This simple design decision will save you so much time in the future.
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Anyone who's ever baked dozens of holiday cookies knows that the key part for a successful baker’s kitchen is continuous countertop space. Work with your designer to come out with a layout that has an ample amount of uninterrupted workspace for you. The next consideration will be the countertop material. Many bakers will admit marble or stone counters work the best for rolling out dough because they naturally stay cooler than room temperature. Some bakers also choose to have a portion of their countertops at a lower level for ease of rolling. The lower level also makes it fun for the kids to help bake.
Appliance Must Haves
Ask any baker what their must-have appliance is and they will tell you it’s their standing mixer. Weighing in at well over 20 pounds, hauling it out from under a cabinet can be troublesome and dedicating countertop space to store it may not be ideal. Many cabinetry lines are now offering a solution: a cabinet specifically designed around your mixer! A base mixer cabinet does all of the heavy lifting for you and locks the mixer at an ideal height for use. The cabinet also comes with one roll-out tray for additional storage.
A new oven is always a welcome addition to any kitchen. A double oven can be a bakers dream! A double oven allows you to cook and bake different types of foods at the same time. Make dinner and dessert all at once with cookies on top and chicken on the bottom! Or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, cookies on top and brownies on the bottom! Also, be on the lookout for ovens that offer convection. Unlike conventional ovens, which cook food by surrounding it with hot air, a convection oven circulates hot air with a fan. This means the heat is evenly distributed, baking those cookies faster with no cold spots!
So, what’s cooking in your baker’s kitchen this season? If you have a favorite recipe, post it in the comments below!